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DOH warns vs dengue fogging drive

DOH warns vs dengue fogging drive

Fogging operations aimed at driving dengue-carrying mosquitoes away could only worsen the situation in communities hit by the killer disease, the Department of Health warned Friday.

"[The public] should not let fogging operations being conducted by local governments because it might worsen the dengue problem in your areas," Dr. Eric Tayag, director of DOH-National Epidemiology Center, told Magandang Umaga Pilipinas.

Reports had said that fogging operations fail because these merely drive away mosquitoes to other areas.

Tayag said communities with rising number of dengue cases should coordinate with DOH for "search and destroy" operations against dengue mosquitoes.

"Together, we will identify and destroy the breeding grounds of mosquitoes," he said.

Tayag reminded the public that drums, water containers, unused bottles, tires and house plants are the common breeding grounds of dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

DOH records said that from January 1 to August 29 this year, it has recorded 13,468 dengue cases nationwide.

Metro Manila topped the DOH list with 4,222 cases, followed by Central Luzon (1,898), Central Visayas (1,752) and Cordillera Administrative Region (922).

DOH, however, said the number of reported cases has decreased by 42 percent compared to last year.

Tayag said that outbreak reported in Barangay Maybangkal in Morong, Rizal is the only village affected in the town.

"DOH confirmed that there is a dengue outbreak in Barangay Maybangkal in Morong, Rizal. It’s not [the whole of] Morong," he said.

At least three deaths have been reported in the village. Residents, meanwhile, have scrambled to as far as towns nearby for anti-dengue medicines and lotion against mosquitoes.

Tayag said DOH has come up with a list of dengue clusters, which means, two or three cases have been reported in the last two to four weeks.

In Quezon City, meanwhile, areas that were listed as dengue-hit were Tatalon, Tandang Sora, San Bartolome, Payatas, Masambong, Loyola Heights, Holy Spirit, Gulod, Novaliches, Cubao, Commonwealth, Manreza, Batasan Hills and Bagbag.

Tayag said there are also a few number of dengue cases in the Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela areas and Taguig. Several cases were also reported in Dagupan City in Pangasinan, Bulacan and Taytay, Rizal.


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