Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay – The Department of Health Regional Office 9 (DOH-9) has placed the entire Zamboanga Peninsula in “alert threshold” following a spike of dengue cases for the first two months of the year.
From January 1 until February 22, DOH-9 had recorded nine deaths out of the 1,381 dengue cases from January 1 until February 22. This represents 97 percent increase when compared to 705 cases with only 5 deaths for the same period last year.
“We are at the alert threshold level,” said Dr. Lenny Joy Rivera, chief of the Local Health Support Division of DOH-9.
Rivera said the regional health office has intensified the campaign for the people to practice of 4 o’clock habit conduct regular search and destroy to all possible nesting places of mosquitoes at 4 p.m. daily.
When a patient displayed symptoms of dengue, she advised the parents or immediate family to bring the patient to the doctor immediately.
Dengue is caused by a virus transmitted to human carried by mosquitoes known as Aedes aegypti.
An infected patient displays flu-like illness which will be fatal if not attended immediately. Some of the symptoms include pain behind the eyes, headache, vomiting, nausea, swollen glands, and muscle and joint pains, and rashes. (amm)