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)