THE City Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (CESU) under Dr. Donnabel Panes recorded a total of 82 dengue cases in Baguio from January 1 to March 31, 2022, nearly double the past year’s figures for the same period.
“This is a 95.23-percent increase compared to the same period in 2021. There were no fatalities reported. Clustering of cases was observed in Bakakeng Central and San Luis Village,” Panes reported.
“Age range of the patients is from 9 months to 68 years old. More than half of the patients were females and most were admitted at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center,” Panes added.
As of the latest available April figures in mid-month, the CESU saw 15 cases as opposed to one case in the previous year in the same period from April 3 to 16.
According to Department of Health Cordillera (DOH-CAR) Regional Director Rio Magpantay, the trend is consistent with the rest of the region, with the region having recorded a total of 656 cases as of the end of March.
“The regional data reached the alert threshold and thus intensified implementation of the enhanced 4S against this fatal mosquito-borne disease is urged,” Magpantay said.
The 4S refers to: Search and Destroy Mosquito Breeding Places; Self-Protection Measures; Seek Early Consultation; and Say Yes to Fogging in Hotspot Areas Only.