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8 died of dengue in Caraga, cases up by 30%- DOH

Aedes aegypti mosquito, carrier of the dengue virus. Photo courtesy of Inquirer

Eight persons have died and over 2,300 cases recorded in the Caraga Region due to dengue from January 1 until Aug. 18 this year, the region’s health department reported.

This is 30.4% higher compared to the number of cases recorded in the same period in 2017 with only 1,826 cases.

From August 1 to 18 alone, DOH-13’s Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) said there were 92 cases reported coming from the different Disease Reporting Units (DRUs) in Caraga.

RESU said Surigao del Sur recorded the highest number of dengue cases with 642 and followed by Agusan del Sur  with 406 cases.

Surigao del Norte came in third with 335 cases and Butuan City with 301 cases.

Surigao City  had  179 dengue cases; Agusan del Norte–164; Bislig City–144; Tandag City– 82; Bayugan City– 57; Cabadbaran City– 52; and Dinagat Islands with 19 cases from January 1 to August 18, 2018.

The youngest among the persons with dengue was two  months old while the eldest was 94 years old. Of the 2,381 cases, 54  percent were males, RESU said.

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, and a characteristic skin rash that is similar to measles. Dengue is transmitted by several species of mosquito within the genus Aedes, principally Aedes aegypti.

With the onset of the rainy season this year, Dr. Gerna Manatad, the DOH assistant director in Caraga, urged all sectors to unify their effort in controlling the disease spread by mosquitoes and to initiate massive clean-up.

“We have to encourage the public to continue without let up the dengue prevention by continuously maintaining cleanliness in the surroundings,” she said. By CLC

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