Barangay Pulot Center in Sofronio Española town tops all barangays in the MIMAROPA in having the most number of dengue cases with 106 as of July 12, regional health department records show.

It is followed by Brgy. Punta Baja in Rizal with 22 cases, Brgy. Cabayugan in Puerto Princesa City with 21, and Alfonso XIII in Quezon with 13, a report sent by the Department of Health (DOH) in MIMAROPA said Wednesday.

Barangay Buenavista also in Puerto Princesa and Brgy. Pulot Interior, again in Sofronio Espanola, both have nine cases.

For local government units LGUs), Puerto Princesa City had 412 dengue cases followed by Quezon with 273 cases and Sofronio Española with 210 cases.

Noel Orosco, regional epidemiology and surveillance unit coordinator, said earlier that the number of cases rose to 116 percent from January to June this year compared to the same period in 2018.

In Palawan, 1,343 cases were recorded but still increasing up to the first week of July.

In Sofronio Española, 38 cases were recorded in Brgy. Pulot Center, seven in Brgy. Abo-Abo, and two cases in Brgy. Pulot Interior or a total of 48.

From January to July this year, two deaths were recorded in the towns of San Vicente and Brooke’s Point.

Orosco pointed out that the highest number of cases was usually recorded in the urban areas because of the proliferation of plastic containers which serve as breeding places of the Aedes aegypti mosquito that carry the dengue virus.

“Madalas after ng misting sinasabi nila na may lamok pa rin ‘di ba? Ang misting kasi ay adult lang na lamok ang target, ‘yong infected na dengue pero ang kiti-kiti ay hindi napapatay ‘yon. Kaya ina-advice talaga na before ang misting ay maglinis muna ng paligid, alisin ang mga breeding areas ‘yong mga stagnant na tubig para sigurado na wala na. Mamamatay nga ang mga adult pero ang kiti-kiti nandyan pa ay wala rin ‘yon,” he said.

The DOH is already processing the logistics like medicines and testing kits for areas which declared an outbreak including Sofronio Española.