July 1, 2021 – Dengue fever cases in the Baguio City have risen by 155.69 percent this year.

Records from the City Epidemiology Surveillance Unit of the City Health Services Office showed that a total of 202 cases have been logged from January 1 to June 19 this year as compared to 79 cases recorded in the same period last year.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong and City Health Officer Dr. Rowena Galpo advised residents to be vigilant against the disease even while guarding against the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Apart from COVID-19, we should also be on guard against dengue fever which is another health concern,” the mayor said.

They urged residents to practice the 4S Strategy in Dengue Prevention and Control: Search and Destroy Mosquito Breeding Places; Self –Protection Measures (use window screens, mosquito nets, wear protective clothing, use insect repellents); Seek Early Consultation; and  Say No to Indiscriminate Fogging.

CESU Head Dr. Donnabel Panes said the age range of the patients is from eight months old to 90 years old and 30 percent of them belong to the 10-14 and 15-19 age groups.

Majority or 52 percent were female.

Cases began to increase last May and ballooned in June.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection common in tropical countries like the Philippines.

Its symptoms are fever of 40°C/104°F accompanied by two of the following symptoms: severe headache, pain behind the eyes, severe muscle and joint pains, nausea, vomiting, skin rash which usually last for two to seven days. – Aileen P. Refuerzo