The Zamboanga City Hall. (PNA file photo)

ZAMBOANGA CITY – This city's total dengue cases have reached 2,628 since January with the zero to nine-year-old bracket as the most affected age group, the City Health Office (CHO) reported Tuesday.

CHO data showed that 1,344 or 51.14 percent of the total cases are from the 0-9-year-old bracket. Next is the 10-19 age group with 827, or 31.14 percent of the total cases of dengue.

At least 19 dengue deaths have been recorded since January, according to the CHO.

Meanwhile, the dengue incidence rate per 100,000 population in the city stands at 293.2. Barangays with the highest incidence rate per 10,000 population are Divisoria, Mercedes, Boalan, Lanzones, and Sta. Barbara.

“An incidence rate describes how quickly disease occurs in a population,” Dr. Dulce Amore Miravite, CHO chief, said in a statement.

Miravite said CHO continues to conduct dengue prevention and control activities, which include community mobilization for the “4S” strategy, with emphasis on weekly search and destroy initiatives to eradicate mosquito breeding sites.

Miravite said fogging activities as well as entomological surveys in barangays with high incidence rates are also initiated.

Recently, CHO began training farmer-volunteers on proper chemical misting to help prevent dengue-carrier mosquitoes from breeding in their respective community. (PNA)