Officials with Department of Health-9 (DOH-9) are reporting a significant increase in dengue fever cases in Zamboanga City this year.

Zamboanga map/Howard the Duck
Zamboanga map/Howard the Duck

Through Mar. 7, 719 dengue cases were reported in the city, an increase of 213 percent compared to the 230 cases during same period last year.

In Zamboanga City, top ten barangays with dengue cases include Calarian/Southcom with 42 cases, followed by Tumaga, with 41; Pasonanca, 37; Tetuan/Sta Cruz, 34; Ayala, 31; San Roque , 30;  Talon Talon/ Loop, 26; Baliwasan with 25 cases; Sta Maria, 25; and Mampang, with 22 dengue cases recorded.

In addition, dengue fever on the whole Zamboanga Peninsula Region has risen — 1,743 from January 1 to March 7, 2019 which is 81 percent higher as compared to the same period last year.

Nationally, the Philippines has reported 40,614 dengue cases through Mar. 2, a 68% increase from 2018.

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