MANILA, Philippines – A dengue outbreak has been declared in Barangay Moras dela Paz, Sto. Tomas in Pampanga due to the continued rise of dengue cases in the area.
Local officials said 33 cases of the illness have been reported in a span of just two weeks.
Three weeks ago, an 8-year-old boy from the village died from the illness.
Sto. Tomas officials said they have launched a cleaning drive to prevent the breeding of dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
They also urged residents to immediately consult with doctors if they have symptoms of dengue.
In Nueva Ecija, a total of 1,632 cases of dengue were reported in the first 6 months of 2012.
Last year, only 1,368 were reported in the same period.
Five have died from the illness in the province.
Local health officials said worst-hit is Cabanatuan with 462 cases.
A rise in dengue was also reported in Palawan, where 38 cases were reported in Puerto Princesa in June alone. No fatalities were reported.
The city health office said most of the patients were children. -- Reports from Nevi Calma, ABS-CBN News Dagupan; Noriel Padiernos, ABS-CBN News North Central Luzon; Jayvie Dizon, ABS-CBN Pampanga; and Leila Gabinete, ABS-CBN News Palawan