By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
While the dengue fever epidemic in the Philippines is the largest in the last ten years and more than double last years total, the province of Pangasinan has only seen a slight increase this year.
The Provincial Health Office (PHO) has recorded 7,566 dengue cases from January 1 to October 21, marking a 2.5 percent increase from the 7,376 cases recorded in the same period last year.
11 deaths have been recorded.
Officials report the most commonly affected age group is from five to nine and 10-14 years old.
The top 10 on the PHO’s watch list of areas with high incidence of dengue are San Carlos City (624 cases); Bayambang (486); Malasiqui (423); Lingayen (386); Calasiao (318); Bugallon (298); Rosales (266); Bani (247); Binmaley (246); and San Quintin (243).
Kimpee Jayson Cruz, nurse from PHO, urged the public to maintain cleanliness in their surroundings and to practice the Department of Health’s 4S Kontra Dengue to prevent the mosquito-borne disease.
“These 4S strategy consists of: Search and destroy mosquito breeding places; practice Secure self-protection measures; Seek early consultation; and Support fogging/spraying only in hotspot areas where increase in cases is registered for two consecutive weeks to prevent impending outbreak.