Bacolod City Health Officer Dr. Carmela Gensoli yesterday said cases of dengue in Bacolod City increased by about 145 percent but they are doing their best to prevent and control the situation.
Gensoli said that from January 1 to Sept. 7, the total number of cases is about 915 compared to 373 covering the same period last year.
There are eight deaths caused by dengue in the city involving young children, but there are no reported deaths due to the zika virus, she said.
Gensoli said dengue and zika virus are carried by the same mosquitoes and manifest the same symptoms like headache, fever, and joint pains.
They continue to hold several foraon dengue in the barangays attended by their respective barangay officials while health authorities advise the public to practice the 4s – search and destroy possible breeding places of mosquitoes, implement self protective measures, seek early consultation and to say yes to fogging, she said.
Gensoli said that after attending a forumthe officials committed to help the community to fight dengue.
They have conducted fora in 17 public and 14 private schools in the city, she said.*CGS
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