San Pablo shifts to dengue watch

SAN PABLO CITY, Philippines -- Although Influenza A(H1N1) virus remains a concern for health officials here, they urge the residents to brace themselves for dengue fever, which has already afflicted 94 people this year, a city health official said.

Dr. Job Brion, city health officer, said that as of July 21, the dengue scourge has victimized 94 individuals and the number was expected to increase in the coming days as rainy season progresses.

The health officer said the worst-hit by the mosquito-borne disease in the city was the village of San Francisco (Calihan), which recorded 18 cases.
By Romulo Ponte
According to city health office, dengue cases peak during the months of August and September and decline in the months of October, November and onwards.

Brion said the best means to battle the upsurge of dengue in the locality was the “Four S (4S)” guidelines set by the Department of Health:

1) Search and destroy the breeding grounds of dengue-carrying mosquitoes;
2) Self-Protection (repellant application, mosquito net);
3) Seek early treatment;
4) Say no to indiscriminate fogging.

Fogging is employed only when there is a major dengue outbreak.

Brion, however, emphasized that H1N1 remains a serious concern because the virus is now found in various places, mostly schools in the city.