Dengue cases in Laguna top 1,600

The Provincial Health Office (PHO) revealed yesterday that dengue cases in Laguna this year has breached the 1,600 mark, with 10 people succumbing to the mosquito-borne disease.

Dr. Alneo Lagos, PHO chief, said the two latest fatalities from dengue fever died this September and were residents of the cities of Calamba and San Pablo.

Lagos said records showed that two dengue victims also died in this town this year. There were another two fatalities in Cavinti and one each in Calamba City, Biñan City, Pagsanjan and Siniloan.

The greatest number of dengue cases was reported in this town with 130 patients downed since last January; next is San Pablo City and Cavinti, each with 112 dengue cases so far this year.

Lagos said there was no declaration of an outbreak of dengue in Laguna despite the big number of dengue cases since the deadly disease was spread in different places and not concentrated in a particular area.

He said that residents of Laguna have cooperated with the government health officials in the province-wide campaigns against the spread of dengue.

Lagos said they also conducting cleaning operation and distribution of larvicide to the local government units.

Laguna Public Information Officer (PIO) Chief Vic Pambuan said Governor E.R. Ejercito had already directed Laguna health officials to distribute mosquito nets laced with anti-dengue medicines and also render anti-dengue medicines and distribution of chemicals that would kill mosquito eggs in areas where there are reported dengue fatalities.