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Zamboanga City logs new dengue cases

The cumulative total dengue cases in Zamboanga City is 1,659 with 14 deaths with the most affected age group being the 0-9 years old with 834 cases, followed by the 10-19 age group with 507 cases

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ZAMBOANGA CITY — The local government’s City Health Office (CHO) here announced that dengue cases in the city exceeded the epidemic threshold levels for the 8th consecutive week — with 166 cases recorded.

CHO officer Dr. Dulce Amor Miravite said that the dengue cases were recorded for morbidity — which was on 24 to 30 April 2022 — is 3,220 percent higher compared to the same period in 2021, which registered only five cases.

As of 30 April, the cumulative total dengue cases in Zamboanga City to 1,659 with 14 deaths, with the most affected age group being the 0-9 years old with 834 cases, followed by the 10-19 age group with 507 cases.

Miravite explained that about 1,201 of the 1,659 cases were dengue with warning signs, while 410 had no warning signs, and 48 were classified as severe dengue.

The CHO also noted that all Disease Reporting Units have captured at least one dengue case, with several barangays now under close monitoring for clustering, hotspot, and increasing cases.

Clustering is defined as three or more cases in a barangay for the past four consecutive weeks. A hotspot is defined as a clustering of cases with an increasing number in two consecutive weeks.

The local government is continuing its fogging activities in areas with high cases as part of its anti-dengue measures.

To prevent dengue, Miravite advised residents to avoid stagnant water in some areas in their residences as these are prime breeding places for mosquitoes, adding that residents who are experiencing high fever, rashes, vomiting and muscle and joint pain are often signs and symptoms of dengue and are advised to immediately consult with their doctor.

To recall, a dengue outbreak was declared in Zamboanga City last 8 April as the number of cases has reached the epidemic threshold, and continues to increase until now.

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