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PIA Press Release
2007/09/05

Dengue cases in 2 Capiz towns nil, under control elsewhere

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (5 September) -- Two towns in Capiz remain free from the dreaded mosquito-carrying dengue.

According to the Provincial Health Office (PHO) of Capiz, no case of dengue was recorded in Tapaz and Pilar.

From January to August 24, the PHO has recorded some 140 dengue cases, of which the highest number of dengue cases numbering 41 was registered in Roxas City, records from PHO show.

Of the 16 towns in Capiz, the highest number of cases (23) was recorded in Mambusao; Dumalag has 19 cases; Dumarao, 10; Cuartero, 10; 8 casers each in Sapian and Maayon; Panitan, 5; 3 cases each in Jamindan and Panay; 2 in Sigma; and 1 case each in Dao, Ivisan, Pontevedra and President Roxas.

Earlier, Provincial Sanitary Inspector Jane delos Reyes said that the number of cases in Capiz remain within the "controlled" number and not on the alarming stage.

However, health officials from the provincial and municipal levels have been intensifying their efforts in implementing the 4 S strategy of preventing dengue cases, she said.

Delos Reyes said that the active participation of the barangay task forces against dengue helped in the decline of dengue cases here through the daily clean-up drive.

Recently, the country was put in hyper-endemic to dengue fever status because of the circulation of the four strains of virus being carried and transmitted by the day-biting mosquito.

Dr. Eric Tayag, director of the Department of Health's (DOH) National Epidemiology Center, explained that at being hyper-endemic status, the number of cases will no longer be reduced to its previous levels. (PIA) [top]

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