ILOILO – By the38th morbidity week (Sept. 15 to 21, 2019), the Provincial Health Office (PHO)recorded 409 new cases of dengue. PHO identified 10areas with high dengue cases. These were: Pototan (1,417 cases with 12 deaths),Cabatuan (901 cases with five deaths), Passi City (863 cases with one death),Dumangas (853 cases with two deaths), Maasin (767 cases with four deaths),Calinog (742 cases with two deaths), Santa Barbara (726 cases with threedeaths), Dingle (709 cases with one death), Sara (706 cases with four deaths),and Lambunao (702 cases with five deaths). Last year from Jan.1 to Sept. 21, PHO recorded 1,521 cases (with five deaths). Dengue is amosquito-borne viral infection causing a severe flu-like illness that couldsometimes be fatal. Its carriers are day-biting mosquitoes (Aedes albpictus andAedes aegypti). Trabado said the 4Sstrategy must be sustained. It stands for: search and destroy mosquito breedingplaces, self-protection measures, seek early consultation for fever lastingmore than two days, and say “no” to indiscriminate fogging./PN For severe dengue,the warning signs to look out for are: severe abdominal pain, persistentvomiting, rapid breathing, bleeding gums, blood in vomit, fatigue, andrestlessness. PHO also named thefive areas with the least dengue cases. These were Batad (104), San Joaquin(109 cases with one death), Tubungan (113 cases with one death), Guimbal (114cases with one death), and San Rafael (148). These brought to19,929 the dengue cases (with 77 deaths) in the province recorded since Jan. 1this year. “Do not becomplacent,” she told residents. Dr. Patricia GraceTrabado, PHO chief, reiterated the importance of constant cleanups specificallytargeting clear, stagnant water where dengue mosquitoes breed. According to theWorld Health Organization, individuals should suspect dengue when a high fever(40 degrees centigrade) is accompanied by two of the following symptoms: severeheadache, pain behind the eyes, nausea / vomiting, swollen glands, muscle andjoint pains, and rash.