Female of the Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus) biting on human skin and bloodfeeding to generate a new egg batch. Invasive, potentially disease-carrying species around the world, photographed in Catalonia, Spain, where it is present since 2004.

Cebu City has reported the highest cases of dengue in Central Visayas at 1,363 cases with 10 deaths. Based on the report of the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) from January 1 to July 13, 2019, Central Visayas recorded 9,594 cases of dengue and 62 deaths.

This is 151% higher compared to the same period of last year with 3,823 cases and 25 deaths. The public should be alarmed on the rising cases of dengue and should do something in order to prevent the spread of its virus simply by cleaning their surroundings, a Department of Health (DOH)-7 official said.

Health Sec. Francisco Duque declared a National Dengue Alert due to the sudden increase of its cases throughout the country. Bernadas also urged the barangays to activate their Barangay Dengue Brigade (BDB) in order to intensify their campaign against the disease, which can be acquired through mosquito bites.

He said that the main priority of the BDB is to conduct information dissemination and to educate the public, especially the parents on the different measures that can be done to avoid the disease. Parents should also seek early consultation, especially if symptoms of dengue were seen in their children, such as fever and skin rashes.

And also if the child will have a high fever again and again. Aside from this, DOH is also coordinating with the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) in different schools, to ensure that students are protected against the disease. The DOH is also distributing insecticide-treated curtains which were installed in classrooms to prevent mosquitoes, who are the carrier of the disease from getting inside their classrooms.

Aside from this, he also urged school heads to clean their school premises. He said that this year, dengue outbreak responses were already conducted in Bantayan, Madredijos, Sta. Fe and Dalaguete in Cebu; Talibon, Buenavista, and Tubigon in Bohol; and Mabinay, Sta. Catalina and Basay in Negros Oriental.

DOH-7 also recommended the continuing “Search and Destroy” activities, installation of insecticides-treated screens, and conduct of training and caravans in Cebu, Bohol and Negros Oriental with high cases of dengue./HT LENIS