By Anthony Giron
Trece Martires City, Cavite — Dengue fever cases have been on the rise, particularly in the past two months in Cavite province’s seven districts the Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (PESU) reported yesterday.
PESU records showed that in the first eight months of the year, 2,193 cases asnd eight deaths were reported, although only 1,260 cases and three deaths were reported and recorded from January 1 to June 24, 2017.
Dr. Nelson C. Soriano, PESU head, said that Bacoor, Dasmariñas and Imus Districts and the cities of General Trias and Trece Martires, have the most number of cases.
“We are focused on mosquitoes carrying dengue virus, first and foremost, and so with chinkungunya, zika and Japanese encephalitis. There are mosquitoes that have to be rid of in the areas, cleaning and treatment are needed,” Soriano said.
Two dengue – related deaths were reported in Trece Martires and Tanza and one each in Bacoor, General Trias, Silang and Tagaytay City.
Although there were no reports of death in Imus, the province’s capital, and Dasmariñas, the most populous area, the two districts are in the bracket as the five areas with the highest number of dengue cases.
Soriano said that there was no outbreak reported in any cities and municipalities during the eight months period “but the increasing trend only tells that we have to be wary and take precaution.”
“We have to take a united stand indeed in the fight against dengue ” he said as he cited that virus can be prevented with sanitation, treatment and clean surroundings.
Cavite, a first class province with seven districts comprising seven cities and 16 municipalities, has an estimated population of 4.3 million.
The provincial government declared a dengue fever outbreak in all districts and placed the entire area under astate of calamity in September 2015. The year ended with 48 deaths and 12,007 cases, PESU records showed.