By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Health officials in the mountain town of Baguio City are reporting a rise in dengue fever cases during the first six months of 2021.

According to the City Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (CESU) of the City Health Services Office, from the beginning of the year through June 19, 202 total dengue cases have been reported. This compares with 79 total cases during the same period last year.

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong urged residents to practice the 4S strategy in Dengue Prevention and Control: search and destroy mosquito breeding places; self-protection measures (use window screens, mosquito nets, wear protective clothing and use insect repellents); seek early consultation; and say no to indiscriminate fogging.

Nationally, from 1 January to 17 April 2021, there has been a total of 21,478 dengue cases with 80 deaths (CFR 0.4%) reported, this is 56% lower compared to the 49,135 cases reported in the same period in 2020.

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