Dengue cases rise in Zamboanga City; at least nine die in Bicol

Immunization now school-based in Malapatan, Sarangani (August 16, 2016) - Barangay health workers and staff from the Provincial Health Office conduct school-based immunization at Lun Padidu National High School Tuesday, August 16, as part of the celebration of the Adolescent Health Month. Combination of Measles Rubella (MR) and Tetanus-diphtheria vaccines were administered to Grade 1 and Grade 7 students to all public schools in Sarangani, while vaccines for Human Papillomavirus (HPV) were given to ages 9-13 in barangay health centers. (Jake T. Narte/Sarangani Information Office)

Immunization now school-based in Malapatan, Sarangani (August 16, 2016) – Barangay health workers and staff from the Provincial Health Office conduct school-based immunization at Lun Padidu National High School Tuesday, August 16, as part of the celebration of the Adolescent Health Month. Combination of Measles Rubella (MR) and Tetanus-diphtheria vaccines were administered to Grade 1 and Grade 7 students to all public schools in Sarangani, while vaccines for Human Papillomavirus (HPV) were given to ages 9-13 in barangay health centers. (Jake T. Narte/Sarangani Information Office)

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Rising dengue cases have been reported in Zamboanga City, while at least nine have died in the Bicol region due to the disease.

Data from the Zamboanga City Health Office showed that dengue cases reached 457 in August alone.

This is higher than the 342 reported in the same period last year.

From January to date, 10 people have already died due to dengue. Total dengue cases to date in the city have reached more than 1,967.

Zamboanga City is now on alert level.

Residents have been advised to maintain clean surroundings to prevent dengue-carrying mosquitoes from breeding.

In Bicol, meanwhile, at least nine people died in the region due to the disease.

According to the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit of the Department of Health – Bicol, three residents died in Masbate, two in Sorsogon, two in Camarines Sur, and two in Albay.

From January to Sept. 17, a total of 1,497 dengue cases have been reported in Bicol.

This is higher than the 1,239 cases reported in the same period last year.

The local government is continuing its efforts to advise residents to clean their surroundings. (MNS)

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