Bacolod City – Dengue cases in Negros Occidental have shown a continuing drop of 74 percent from January to November 4 this year, compared to the same period last year.
Records of the Provincial Health Office indicated that dengue cases reduced to 3,769 cases this year, compared to 4,895 cases in 2022.
However, PHO records showed that there were seven deaths this year, with the most affected age group between one to 11 years old.
Dengue cases in highly urbanized Bacolod City also decreased by 47.2 percent, according to a report of the City Health Office.
In the first 10 months of 2023, the CHO recorded only 479 cases of the mosquito-borne illness, including three deaths, while last year there were 907 cases, where 13 persons died.
Dr. Grace Tan, CHO Environment Sanitation Division head, said their sustained anti-dengue advocacy and information campaign in schools and the barangays resulted in lower cases.
Tan added they continue to fog or spray schools and other public places and apply larvicide in possible mosquito-breeding areas. (Gilbert Bayoran via The Visayan Daily Star with Philippine News Agency reports, photo courtesy of TVDS)