Dengue cases up in Eastern Visayas

Posted at 01/31/14 9:38 PM

TACLOBAN -- The Department of Health recorded 251 cases of dengue, 16 chikungunya cases, and 61 patients with measles in Eastern Visayas in January.

According to the DOH, garbage in areas affected by "Yolanda" have become breeding grounds of mosquitoes carrying dengue and chikungunya diseases.

Garbage can be still seen strewn all over Yolanda-stricken areas, a big factor why people have been getting sick, the DOH said.

Diseases have also been spreading easily among displaced families living in tents and temporary shelters, the DOH noted.

The DOH is administering vaccines against measles to children in the area.

They are advising residents to visit the nearest health centers in case of fever. - Reports from Melanie Bingco, ABS-CBN News Tacloban