Experts fear spike in dengue cases in CDO

Posted at 01/20/12 6:30 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The health department has expressed alarm over the possible rise of dengue cases in Cagayan de Oro (CDO) City following a leptospirosis outbreak at the start of the year.

The city has already recorded 28 cases of the disease this year.

“We should not be complacent. When [tropical storm] Sendong came to Cagayan de Oro and other parts of Mindanao, there might be an increase in the number of breeding sites for the mosquito. We will be expecting a higher figure this year,” said Dr. Dave Mendoza, epidemiologist of the Department of Health Region 10.

The health department is asking residents to be careful and to always clean their surroundings.

However, authorities admit it is easier said than done in the flood-hit areas of the city, which, aside from mud, also have to deal with mountains of garbage.

Flood victims are thankful for the assistance of some 5,000 volunteers, some of whom came from other towns in Misamis Oriental in helping them clean up.

Meanwhile, the plan to clear schools that were used as evacuation centers to give way to classes has been abandoned.

The Department of Education said they are heeding the appeal of “Sendong” victims who have not yet been provided relocation sites. -- Reports from Primy Cane, ABS-CBN News Northern Mindanao; ANC