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The Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) in South Cotabato report closely monitoring various communities in the province due to the increasing cases of the dengue fever.

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Health officials report a total of 1,036 dengue cases in the province through the end of July. This is a 29 percent increase from 800 cases in the same period last year.

The reported deaths remained at six for a case fatality rate of 0.7 percent. These are from Koronadal City and the municipalities of Norala, Tampakan, Tantangan, Lake Sebu, and Tupi.

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Dengue program coordinator for the province, Lowell Sajot said local communities should continually observe the prevention measures, especially the conduct of regular cleanup of their surroundings.

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“We have sustained our awareness campaigns down to the household level for the enhanced 4-S strategy in coordination with the barangays,” he told reporters.

The 4-S strategy, which was set by the DOH, stands for Search and destroy mosquito breeding sites; Secure self-protection measures from mosquito bites like wearing long sleeves and pants and use of mosquito repellants for uncovered skin; Seek early consultation for fever of more than one day; and, Support fogging/spraying only in hot spots areas where an increase in cases is registered for two consecutive weeks to prevent an impending outbreak.

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