Lastyear from Jan. 1 to Dec. 14 PHO recorded 22,040 dengue cases with 78 deaths.This was 882 percent higher than 2018’s PHO-recorded 2,244 cases with sixdeaths and 2017’s 1,321 cases with eight deaths./PN “But we should not be complacent. Weneed to continue our anti-dengue activities in schools and barangays. Theregular clean-up drive to get rid of mosquito breeding places must besustained,” said Dr. Annabelle Tang, the CHO officer-in-charge. Last year, from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, itrecorded 3,329 dengue cases with 16 deaths, and an attack rate of 701 per100,000 population. The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP)declared a state of calamity due to dengue in July 2019. From Jan. 1 to 4, this year, theIloilo City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (ICESU) recorded seven cases ofdengue with zero deaths. Dengue is a mosquito-borne viralinfection causing a severe flu-like illness that could sometimes be fatal. Itscarriers are day-biting mosquitoes (Aedes albpictus and Aedesaegypti) that live and breed and clean, stagnant water. The surge in dengue cases last yearresulted to hospitals bursting at the seams with patients. There was a shortagein hospital rooms, beds, doctors, and nurses. The 2019 dengue cases were 278.7percent higher than 2018’s cases. The demand for blood (for bloodtransfusion to dengue patients) also spiked. In Iloilo province, dengue caseswere dropping, too. Data from the provincial government’s Hospital ManagementOffice as of the first week of January showed nine dengue patients remaining indistrict hospitals and there were no more new dengue hospital admissions. ILOILO City – Cases of dengue fever inthis southern city have dropped below the epidemic threshold, according to theCity Health Office (CHO). These24 LGUs were Cabatuan, Passi City, Maasin, Sara, Ajuy, Leon, Janiuay, SanDionisio, Banate, Concepcion, Leganes, Tigbauan, Miag-ao, Dueñas, Igbaras, NewLucena, Mina, Zarraga, Bingawan, Barotac Viejo, San Enrique, Lemery, SanRafael, and Tubungan. “Thereis an epidemic threshold and alert threshold. By the 49th morbidity week, wewere already below the alert level,” said Trabado. Thenumber of cases was now below the “alert threshold”, said Provincial HealthOffice’s (PHO) Dr. Patricia Grace Trabado. Mayor Jerry Treñas said CHO needed 13more doctors to boost its services, especially against dengue. Bythe 50th morbidity week (Dec. 8 to 14, 2019), PHO recorded 36 cases and 24 ofIloilo’s 43 local government units (LGUs) recorded no new cases.