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LINGAYEN, Pangasinan - Dengue cases are on the rise in Pangasinan with 2,550 cases and 11 deaths already recorded by the Provincial Health Office (PHO) from January to August this year.
The five municipalities with the highest number of dengue cases are Urdaneta City, 212; San Carlos City, 210; Lingayen, 197; Bayambang, 104; and Alaminos, 80.
According to PHO data, dengue affected people up to 84 years old. It noted, however, that the age bracket 10-14 years old recorded the highest number of cases, at 23 percent or 581 cases. At least 53 percent of those afflicted were males.
The PHO said the provincial hospitals are ready to respond well to all the suspected dengue patients.
Together with the Department of Health (DOH), the PHO appealed to the citizens to clean their surroundings to get rid of all possible breeding sites of mosquitoes.
Dengue is a disease caused by a virus spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Its common symptoms are sudden fever, muscle and joint pains, and rashes, the PHO said.
Based on the yearly trends, DOH expects the dengue cases to go down starting the month of September as the end of the rainy season nears.