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DOH 6 calls on Ilonggos to continue guard vs dengue

Iloilo City (2 June) -- The Department of Health in Western Visayas continues to call on Ilonggos to strictly practice the measures to prevent the dreaded dengue with the coming of the rainy season and the opening of classes.

"Dengue Prevention is community action, participation and involvement of the different agencies and the private sectors", said the DOH 6 in its press report.

Foremost of the measures identified in the 4-S campaign against dengue which the DOH promotes is the Search and destroy of possible breeding grounds of dengue-causing mosquitoes. Some of these breeding places are roof gutters, old tires, tin cans, jars, bottles and items that might hold stagnant water.

Other preventive measures are Self-protection through wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants; Seeking health professionals for a fever that lasts two days or more; and Saying no to indiscriminate fogging.

According to DOH 6, dengue continues to hold its tag as an infectious disease with far reaching effects regionwide and nationwide, thus becoming a "year-round public health threat".

The DOH 6 Regional Epidemiological Surveillance Unit (RESU) Report indicated that the total number of cases in Western Visayas reached 1,309 from January 1 to May 8, 2010. In Negros Occidental dengue cases were recorded at 380 with 2 deaths, Bacolod City with 266 cases, Iloilo Province with 231 cases and 2 deaths while Iloilo City has 126 cases.

Capiz has recorded 194 cases, Aklan-79 cases with 1 death, while Guimaras has 16 cases and Antique with 12 cases.

The month of June has been declared as Dengue Awareness Month in the country. (PIA) [top]

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