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MANILA – The Quezon City government has intensified its anti-dengue campaign as the number of cases in the city increased.

On Thursday, QC Mayor Joy Belmonte tasked the QC Health Department to lead city-wide “search and destroy” operations together with village officials and residents in various communities to curb the rise in dengue cases.

"Our goal is to ensure that our citywide anti-mosquito protective measures are implemented and enforced, while also educating all residents to encourage personal protection," Belmonte said in a statement.

She added that areas in QC with the most dengue cases will be prioritized.

“Under the search and destroy strategy, the entire community works together in identifying and destroying all potential dengue mosquito breeding sites, such as discarded tins, bottles, broken flower pots and used tires,” she said.

Data from the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (QCESU) showed that a total of 1,098 dengue cases were reported from Jan. 1 to July 21, which is 109.14 percent higher compared to the 525 cases recorded in the same period last year.

There are also six reported deaths in the city due to dengue within the same period this year.

Aside from “search and destroy," QCHD chief Dr. Esperanza Arias urged all residents to follow the three other protocols of 4S in combatting dengue which are: Secure Self-Protection Measures like wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts and daily use of mosquito repellent; Support fogging or spraying carried out by the city government in hotspot areas; and Seek early consultation in cases of symptoms.

Arias said those experiencing a sudden onset of fever for two to seven days, and two of the following symptoms: headache, body weakness, joint and muscle pains, pain behind the eyes, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and skin rashes, should immediately go to the nearest health center to seek consultation.

“We made rapid dengue diagnostic kits available in all our health centers to ensure that all cases are screened and managed appropriately. Early detection and access to appropriate care reduces the likelihood of severe dengue or death,” Arias said.

The Department of Health Epidemiology Bureau recorded a total of 25,268 dengue cases in the country from Jan. 1 to May 7, 2022. (PNA)