DATA from the City Health Services Office (CHSO) indicates that compared to the same time period last year, the number of dengue fever cases in the city so far in 2022 have doubled.

CHSO Department Head Rowena Galpo said that according to the office’s recorded data, some 268 total cases of dengue have been recorded from the start of January to June 8, compared to 124 cases in the same period of last year.

Last year, the city had a total of 1,035 dengue cases with five deaths. Currently, dengue has not led to deaths in 2022.

As the rainy season continues, the CHSO is expecting further increases in dengue cases in the city.

13 barangays in the city have experienced a clustering of cases in the past four weeks, namely barangays Loakan Proper, Irisan, Kias, San Luis Village, SLU-SVP Housing Village, Bakakeng Central, Camp 7, City Camp, Asin Road, Country Club Village, Legarda-Burnham-Kisad, Balsigan, and Bakakeng North.

As a response to the increasing of dengue cases in the city, Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong issued Memorandum No. 105, series of 2022, which orders the mobilization of Barangay Anti-Dengue Brigades (BADB) and requires the creation and submission of a Barangay Action Plan for dengue.

The CHSO also responded to the increase in cases by beginning its anti-dengue spraying operations in targeted barangays, especially those among the 13 that saw clustering.