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DOH warns dengue cases may rise

The number of dengue cases is seen to rise this year, according to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

In an interview on Dobol B sa News TV on Sunday, Duque advised the public to be more cautious and remember the ‘4S’ in the Department of Health’s campaign to avoid dengue.

The DOH advised the public to search and destroy mosquito breeding places, secure self-protection, seek early consultation and support fogging or spraying only in dengue hotspot areas.

According to Duque, more than 70,000 cases of dengue were already recorded as of today, and the DOH is projecting it will rise to 200,000 cases by the end of the year.

“Ang dengue ay all-year round problem. Hindi na ito seasonal. Asahan na mamayagpag ang dengue sa taong ito na talagang projected siya na tataas. Kaya mag-ingat tayo lalo,” Duque said.

The Health secretary said every three to four years, dengue cases are expected to rise. Around 200,000 dengue cases were also recorded in 2009, 2013 and 2016, according to Duque.

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—Joviland Rita/KG, GMA News