Dengue cases in Bacolod down by 41 percent

BACOLOD City – The number of dengue cases in Bacolod City has reduced by 41 percent based on new data released by the City Health Office (CHO) on Sept 12, 2018.

CHO Environment and Sanitation Division Head Dr. Grace Tan said that as of Sept 8, they recorded 747 suspected dengue cases with seven fatalities.

Tan pointed out that the latest number is lower against 1,265 cases with nine fatalities last year.

Tan identified the villages of Handumanan, Taculing, Mansilingan, Sum-ag, Singcang-Airport, Villamonte, Estefania, Alijis, Granada, and Tangub as areas with the most number of dengue cases in the city.

Tan also noted that the fatalities were mostly children between six to 11 years old, although a 23-year-old also died of the mosquito-borne disease.

The latest fatality was a seven-year-old girl from Barangay Felisa, who was confined at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital on Sept 8.

Tan said that the patient did not have any history of consultation.

She also urged local residents to follow the four o’clock habit, pointing out dengue-carrying mosquitoes usually get out of their breeding sites around one to two hours before sunset.

Before the mosquitoes go out, Tan said that the residents should have already cleaned their surroundings to eliminate the insect’s hiding place.

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