DENGUE SURGE IN ILOILO TOWN
THE municipality of Janiuay, Iloilo posted a staggering 875 percent increase in dengue cases from January to October 2018 against the same period last year.
Dr. Maria Socorro Colmenares-Quiñon of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) said Janiuay already has 154 confirmed dengue cases with two deaths. Last year, the municipality only recorded 16 cases.
Quiñon said the village of Jibolo had clustering of cases, which means that three or more cases were detected in four consecutive weeks.
PHO data showed that Jibolo already has five dengue cases since January.
Meanwhile, Dumangas has the second highest number of cases with 134 and Ajuy with 93 cases including two deaths.
Dumangas also has the most number of barangays with clustering of dengue cases – Cayos, Ermita, Dacutan, Tabucan, Bacay, Paloc Sool, kag Lacturan,” she reported.
Barangays Pili in Ajuy, Purog in Duenas, Turog-Turog in Oton, Poblacion in San Rafael, and Jalaud Norte in Zarraga are also on the PHO’s list of barangays with clustering of dengue cases.
Quiñon advised the public to be watchful of the symptoms of dengue, whether or not they reside in the mentioned municipalities and barangays.
The municipalities of Tubungan, Igbaras, and Banate had the least number of dengue cases this year.
Tubungan only has one case this year, down from 10 in 2017, Igbaras with four cases while Banate has seven.