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Suspected dengue
kills 3-year-old girl

BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

A 3-year-old girl from Bangga Totong, Brgy. Felisa, Bacolod City died, reportedly of dengue, Monday at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital where she was confined for fever.

Dr. Grace Tan, head of the Environmental Sanitation Division of the Bacolod City Health Office, however, said they have not yet received a copy of the child’s death certificate to help them determine whether the cause of death was really dengue.

She said the CHO conducted fogging operations yesterday in the area where the child lives after being informed of the incident.

Two 5-year-old boys also died of dengue in Barangays Tangub and Taculing last month.

Records from the CHO showed that the total suspected dengue cases from January 1 to May 31 this year was 904.

City Health Officer Dr. Salome Biñas said they consider the cases of dengue alarming because of the number of deaths, and the increasing incidence recorded this year despite the massive campaign they are conducting against the disease.

Biñas said they need the cooperation of the public by helping clean up their surroundings to prevent the spread of dengue. She also reminded the parents to immediately bring their children to the doctor or health clinic if they have fever.

Teachers and school administrators have also launched anti-dengue campaigns in their areas to prevent the spread of the disease, Biñas said.

Dengue is spread by the bite of the Aedes mosquito.

Biñas said that when they visited the house of the 3-year-old victim in Brgy. Felisa, they found out that their fence was made of bamboo and the people there had several containers for storing water. They advised the people in the area to put sand on top of the bamboo fences so these will not retain water, she said.

CHO records also show that the top 10 barangays with the most number of suspected dengue cases from January 1 to June 4, are Barangays Taculing and Villamonte with 85 each, followed by Estefania with 71 cases, Bata -63, Alijis – 59, Banago – 55, Granada – 54, Tangub – 50, Handumanan – 48 and Mandalagan – 46.

Assistant City Health Officer Dr. Jovy Vergara said that if the total number of cases is computed based on population, Alijis has the highest with 3.10 incidence rate per 1,000 population, followed by Estefania with 3 per 1,000 population, Granada – 2.60, Bata and Handumanan with both having 2.20 incidence rate, Taculing and Mandalagan with 2 and Villamonte with 1.90 incidence rate.

Records also show that the total dengue cases in 2010 was 4,274, in 2011 - 388, and in 2012 - 1,385.*CGS

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