BAGUIO CITY: Dengue cases in the Summer Capital are decreasing following a seasonal and cyclical pattern similar to what happened last year.
This was the data presented by City Health Services Office head Dr. Rowena Galpo during the management committee meeting with Mayor Benjamin Magalong and city executives.
From January 1 up to September 19 this year, there were 2,651 cases with four deaths.
In the same period last year, pegged as morbidity week 1 to 37, there were 980 cases and seven deaths.
A comparative graph shows spikes in morbidity on weeks 19, 21, 23, 25, and 29; while a downward trend is seen on morbidity weeks 33, 35 and 37.
Galpo said the numbers are expected to be on a downward trend until the end of the year.
The recorded decrease, however, should not be dealt with complacency, Galpo said.
She cautioned individuals who experience mild to severe symptoms such as high fever, rash, headache, vomiting, and muscle and joint pain to immediately proceed to the nearest health facility.
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are day biters, usually after sunrise and around sunset.
Tires that are deemed dengue-carrying mosquito egg harboring areas are being collected and destroyed or utilized for livelihood purposes. As of September 10, there were 3,133 tires collected from 57 villages.
Baguio residents are also urged to be cautious, especially with health matters, Galpo said.