Dengue cases in Pangasinan up by 35%

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan —- The number of dengue cases in Pangasinan has increased by 35 percent for the first half of the year as compared to the same period last year, according to records of the Provincial Health Office (PHO).

A total of 755 cases of dengue had been recorded from January to June 6 this year as compared to 558 cases recorded for the same period last year.

The peak of dengue cases this year started in January with 358 cases and May with the lowest number of cases at 66.

Among the municipalities and cities with highest cases are Asingan (68), Malasiqui (44), Bayambang (41), San Carlos City (36), Pozorrubio (35), Calasiao (34), San Manuel 34), Lingayen (26), Manaoag (22), Mangaldan (22), San Fabian (20), Sta. Maria (20) and Binmaley (18).

Most of the victims were between 10 to 14 years old at 164. Most of those afflicted were males.

Three casualties were already recorded, a seven- month old from Calasiao, a six-year-old from Urdaneta City and an 11-year-old from Malasiqui.

Meanwhile, leptospirosis cases decreased by six percent, from 16 last year as compared to 15 this year from January to June 6.

However, there were more casualties noted this year than last year’s only one for the same period.

Most of the victims of leptospirosis were from Sual, Tayug, Bani, Bayambang, Manaoag, San Jacinto, San Nicolas, Sta Barbara, Aguilar and Alaminos City, are males between 25 to 29 years old.

The PHO advised the public to adopt cleanliness at all times and follow the four o’clock habit initiated by the Department of Health (DOH). PNA/