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ALARMING INCREASE | DOH monitors 2,420 dengue cases with 9 deaths in Eastern Visayas
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TACLOBAN CITY – The number of dengue hemorrhagic fever cases in Eastern Visayas more than doubled this year at 2,420 cases with nine deaths from January to August 23, the Department of Health-Center for Health Development in Eastern Visayas noted.

DOH program manager for vector-borne disease control program Leonido P. Olobia said that for the entire 2012 the health agency recorded 1,052 cases with seven deaths. She did not give out the number of cases for the period of January to August last year.

Olobia attributed the alarming increase to the “low community participation” in anti-dengue drive, particularly in the elimination of Aedes aegypti mosquito-breeding places.

“Dengue is very challenging. Its prevention relies on every person doing elimination of breeding sites at the household level. This is still the major strategy that we are advocating,” he emphasized.

Of the cases, the highest occurrence was recorded in Leyte province with 1,387; Northern Samar, 354; Eastern Samar, 296; Samar, 242; Southern Leyte, 93; and Biliran with 48 cases.

Two deaths were recorded each in cities of Tacloban and Maasin and one each in towns of Biri, Dolores, Guiuan, Laoang, and Ormoc City.

As of the 33rd morbidity week , a clustering of cases were noted in barangays Salvacion in Alang-alang, Catmonan; Dulag, Tagnipa; and in Maasin City, all in Leyte province and in 95 Caibaan, 109 V and G Subdivision, 91 Abucay and 62-A, all in Tacloban City.