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33 deaths due to dengue reported in Central Visayas

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DENGUE CASES in Central Visayas increased to 5,339 during the Jan. to March 16 period this year, with 33 deaths recorded. Department of Health officials in the region reported that in the same period last year, there were 1,598 cases with 11 deaths. Cebu province had the most cases at 3,471 with 25 fatalities. Bohol had 923 with six deaths; Negros Oriental, 888 cases with two deaths; and Siquijor, 55 with no casualty. Senior health program officer Ma. Michelle Acosta called on all local government units to reactivate their respective anti-dengue ordinances to hasten and strengthen the response measures to the situation. Ms. Acosta also appealed to homeowners to be cooperative when rural health unit personnel visit them to conduct misting operations. — The Freeman