Dengue cases in Zamboanga rise

by Queenie Casimiro, ABS-CBN News Zamboanga

Posted at Jan 20 2012 08:42 PM | Updated as of Jan 21 2012 04:42 AM

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines – Health officials in Zamboanga City once again called on the public to clean their surroundings.

This, after the number of dengue cases in the city increased in the first half of January 2012.

Records from the city health office states around 57 dengue patients have been reported from January 1 to date.

The office also named the villages that topped the list of affected barangays.

Barangay Talon-Talon had 7 dengue cases, Barangay San Roque had 6, Tetuan had 5 cases, Tumaga had 4, while the villages of Guiwan, Putik, Rio Hondo, Sangali and Tugbungan all had 3 cases.

In December last year, 70 cases of dengue were registered with the health office.

Two patients died of the disease.

Dr. Rodel Agbulos said the public should keep their surroundings clean and that all containers of water should be emptied or covered.