In the wake of floods that hit Pangasinan due to recent heavy rain, the Provincial Health Office has intensified its dengue watch efforts.
The PHO said it is aiming to prevent a potential spike in the occurrence of the disease, which is now considered a year-round threat.
“Areas which are flood-prone, or were flooded in our case, are potential breeding sites for mosquitoes. There may be stagnant water in our area due to receded floodwaters, we should constantly check it,” Provincial Health Officer Dr. Anna Teresa de Guzman said.
Data from the PHO showed dengue cases in the province from Jan. 1 to July 30 increased by 104 percent compared to the same period in 2017.
Urdaneta, San Carlos and Alaminos Cities had the most cases, it said.
De Guzman said those aged 10 to 19 are the ones susceptible to dengue, with the youngest fatality being a two-month-old infant, and the oldest is an 86-year-old woman.
She reminded the public to keep their surroundings clean and dry.