Dengue fever is up overall in the Philippines by some 40 percent in 2016 to date, according to the latest data from the Department of Health. In the Davao City area and Region XI, dengue is up by 147 percent, prompting officials to call the situation “alarming”.

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Engr. Antonietta Ebol, program manager of the Dengue Prevention and Control of the Department of Health XI noted a 147 percent increase in the number of cases of Dengue fever in different areas in Davao Region from 1,850 cases with seven deaths in June to July 2015 to 4,564 cases with 40 deaths in the same period this year.

“The situation of dengue fever in Davao Region is alarming,” she said. Ebol said the hotspots areas in Davao City alone are Agdao, Buhangin, Bunawan, Talomo South, and Talomo North. She said the city contributes 70 percent to the surge of cases while 20 percent is distributed among the capital towns of the provinces under Davao Region.

Ebol is urging local governmental units (LGU) to be aware and to force the compliance of laws to prevent dengue fever at the lowest level.