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Officials with the Bulacan Provincial Health Office (PHO) are reporting an increase in dengue fever cases during the first five+ months of 2022.

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According to the data, from January to June 11, 2022 was 2,737 or 54 percent higher compared to the same period last year.

San Miguel (687 cases), San Ildefonso, 215; Santa Maria, 172; Plaridel, 83; and Angat, 73 are the municipalities with the highest number of dengue cases.

Bulacan Governor Daniel R. Fernando has ordered intensified preventive measures against dengue due to this significant increase to include monitoring/surveillance of affected areas, regular fogging/spraying.

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The governor ordered the PHO to hold an orientation for barangay officials, health workers, and volunteers to intensify the surveillance and implementation of the enhanced 4S strategy in every barangay.

The enhanced 4S strategy stands for Search and destroy mosquito-breeding sites, Secure self-protection measures like wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts and daily use of mosquito repellent, Seek early consultation, and Support fogging/spraying only in hotspot areas where an increase in cases is registered for two consecutive weeks to prevent an impending outbreak.

Nationally, the Philippines has reported 39,705 dengue cases through June 4 this year.