Zamboanga City logs 524 dengue cases with 7 mortalities

By Teofilo Garcia, Jr.

April 24, 2023, 5:12 pm

<p><em>The Zamboanga City Health Office. (PNA file photo)</em></p>

The Zamboanga City Health Office. (PNA file photo)

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The City Health Office (CHO) has recorded 524 cases of dengue with seven mortalities since January this year.

Dr. Dulce Amor Miravite, CHO chief, said Monday that most of those affected are from the male age group between zero and nine years old.

This month alone, she said three dengue deaths were reported.

 “The latest two deaths were six-month-old infants and a 23-year-old, all males,” Miravite said.

However, she said the number of dengue cases for the first quarter of this year is lower by 64 compared to the same period last year.

Ten of this city’s 98 barangays listed to have the highest number of dengue cases. These are Mercedes with 37; Putik and Boalan with 20 each; Guiwan, 19; Culianan and Lunzuran with 18 each; Pasobolong, 16; San Jose Gusu, 15; Zambowood, 13; and Zone 1 with 11.

Residents are advised to always practice the “4S” strategy against dengue which include searching and destruction of mosquito breeding places; self-protective measures; seeking early consultation; and, saying no to indiscriminate fogging.

Dengue fever is a viral infection that spreads from mosquitoes to people. Its most common symptoms are high fever, headache, body aches, nausea, and rash.

Severe dengue can result in shock, internal bleeding, and even death. (PNA)