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Dengue fells two in Iloilo

Iloilo City, Iloilo – Two deaths here have been attributed to dengue hemorrhagic fever in Iloilo province.

Dr. Maria Socorro Colmenares-Quiñon, Iloilo Provincial Health Office assistant chief, disclosed that a five-month old toddler from San Joaquin town and a 38-year-old from the town of Mina were the two casualties.

A total of 99 dengue cases including the two deaths were recorded in 42 towns and the component city of Passi within a period from January 1 to March 8 this year.

The town of Pavia had the most number of dengue cases with 11, followed by Sta. Barbara town which registered eight cases, then New Lucena town with seven cases.

Local health authorities here are warning residents strongly not to be complacent about mosquitoes and mosquito bites because the summer season has began.

Summer last year saw a high incidence of dengue cases, which, in the past, was prevalent only during rainy season.

To prevent a similar occurrence this year, Quiñon asked residents to clean their surroundings thoroughly.

Her reminder is particularly for residents who have no access to water from the faucet. “They must thoroughly clean their water buckets or drums,” urged Quiñon even as she urged residents further to “thoroughly cover buckets or drums of water to keep away mosquitoes.”

Majority of dengue cases during the summer season last year were attributed to poor storage of water in the countryside.