Girls aged 7 and 13 both died of dengue in Bontoc province, Philippines

BONTOC, Mountain Province – Two girls stricken with dengue passed away last week in this town, prompting provincial health officials to raise over the weekend a heightened alert for the dreaded mosquito-borne disease.

The Provincial Health Office (PHO) here did not give out the names of the latest victims who succumbed to dengue but said that one was a 7-year-old girl from Barangay Samoki, this town, while the other was a 13-year-old girl from Barangay Lanao, same town.

In raising the dengue alert in this province, the PHO cited an increase by 87 percent in the number of cases of the disease this year as against last year.

Bontoc General Hospital officials revealed yesterday that the medical facility was packed with suspected dengue patients.

During the dry months aggravated by El Niño, the PHO warned residents against storing water that could be the breeding ground of dengue-causing mosquitoes.

This time, residents are being warned against allowing rain water to settle in puddles and other household stuff that could hold water as these are the favorite places for mosquitoes to lay their eggs.

I will try to keep upto date with the Dengue simply because if one area is up by 87% I can pretty much guarantee everywhere else is going to be up. There is special funding for “dengue clear up and prevention” but often like other monies allocated to life threatening allocations of cash it disappears.