By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The Bacolod City Health Office (CHO) has reported a 36.4 percent drop in dengue cases in the city.
According to the CHO yesterday afternoon, from January 1 to August 7 of this year the city recorded a total of 159 dengue cases, with two fatalities, compared to 250 cases recorded in the same period last year.
Dr. Grace Tan, head of the CHO’s Environmental Sanitation Division, said Barangay Estefania has the highest number of dengue cases with 23; followed by Tangub with 16; Singcang-Airport and Villamonte, 14 each; Taculing and Mansilingan, 10 each; Barangay 35 and Pahanocoy, eight each; Alijis, five; and Bata with four.
The CHO also observed a clustering of dengue cases in barangays Pahanocoy, Villamonte, Bata, Estefania, Tangub, Mansilingan, and Vista Alegre.
Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease characterized by high fever accompanied by severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands, and rashes.
Despite the decline in the number of dengue cases, the CHO continues to take action to curb the mosquito-borne viral infection.
The CHO initiated recoridas, fogging or spraying in areas with recorded dengue cases.
Larvicides were also distributed in affected communities./DGB, WDJ