Dengue cases down in Dagupan

DAGUPAN CITY, Pangasinan, June 20 (PIA) — The city health office registered a decrease in dengue cases in Dagupan from January to May 2012 compared to the same period last year.

According to City Health Officer Leonard Carbonell, the office has recorded 43 cases, which is lower than the 100 cases recorded in the comparative period.

He attributed the lower incidence to the increased public awareness, as well as the anti-dengue campaign of the government, particularly the city-wide distribution of 55,000 ovicidal-larvicidal traps, which helped in inhibiting the propagation of dengue-carrying Aedes aegypti.

“We should not be complacent, however, because the number usually spikes between July and September,” he said during the Pantongtongan Tayo radio program of the Philippine Information Agency over DZMQ Radyo ng Bayan on Tuesday.

Carbonell advised the use of long-sleeved and light-colored shirts to prevent mosquito bites.

Meanwhile, the provincial health office (PHO) of Pangasinan recorded an increase in cases.

According to the report by the PHO, data culled from 14 government hospitals, private hospitals and the Region 1 Medical Center showed a total of 671 cases, which is higher than the 561 cases in the comparative period.

San Carlos City registered the highest number of cases with 72, followed by the capital town Lingayen with 52.

The highest number of cases was recorded in January, with 245.

Despite the increase in cases, fatality has been reduced from six to two.

Health Education Promotion Officer Christine Alcantara of the PHO advised the communities to clean their surroundings, particularly areas that hold stagnant waters, which serve as breeding grounds for mosquito. (JCR/ARRF-PIA1 Pangasinan)

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