Dengue Deaths in Central Visayas Rise to 55

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A child looks at a lighted mosquito coil. Dengue deaths in Central Visayas now reached 55. Photo by JCDV for CebuNews.PH

CEBU CITY – While the number of people inflicted with the deadly mosquito-borne dengue disease, the number of fatalities from January to mid-April of this year increased from a year earlier, according to the Department of Health (DOH) 7.

Data from the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the DOH 7 showed that the number of dengue deaths soared to 55 so far this year, with five of the fatalities recorded in early April.

Overall, there were 5,084 cases of dengue in Central Visayas in the first four months of the year, slightly lower than the 5,200 cases registered during the same period last year.

Cebu City continues to lead the dengue cases with more than 1,200 patients and 19 deaths. Among the fatalities in Cebu City was a four-month-old baby.

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The cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu in Cebu and Dumaguete City in Negros also posted significant rise in dengue cases so far this year.

The DOH 7 continues to remind the public to always clean the surroundings and to get rid of mosquito-breeding grounds, including used tires and water containers.

Health personnel have also been deployed in various parts of the region to continue the DOH’s information campaign. – CebuNews.PH

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