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2010/06/11

Dengue cases up as one more patient dies in Negros Occidental

Bacolod City (11 June) -- Dengue cases in Negros Occidental increased by 148 percent from January 1 to May 29, 2010, with one death, Provincial Health Office reported.

From 187 dengue cases of the same period last year, this rose to 463 in 2010, the report said.

One patient from Himamaylan City died from dengue shock at the Lorenzo D. Zayco District Hospital in Kabankalan City this year.

In Western Visayas, gue cases reached 1,653 with six deaths already reported from January 1 to May 29 this year.

Deaths reported were from Aklan, Capiz, Iloilo and Negros Occidental.

The Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) 6 Regional Director Ariel Valencia said that it is important for the public to start cleaning their surroundings while there is still no heavy rain.

Dr. Valencia said they will conduct information and education campaign against dengue and other common diseases during rainy season.

The DOH-CHD 6 is strongly promoting the 4-S campaign against dengue, which includes Searching and destroying possible breeding grounds of the mosquitoes; Self-protection by wearing long sleeve shirts and pants to prevent mosquito bites; Seeking health professionals for a fever that lasts for two days or more; and Saying no to indiscriminate fogging. (DOH/PIA/cad) [top]

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