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Once again, Palawan topped the MIMAROPA region in having the most number of dengue cases as of June 2019.

The Department of Health (DOH) said in a statement on Thursday that the province recorded 1,239 cases with four deaths.

Puerto Princesa City had the most number of cases in the province with 303, DOH said.

The cases in the municipalities are as follows: Quezon, 236; Narra, 108; Bataraza, 84; Taytay, 76; Brooke’s Point, 75; Aborlan, 61; El Nido, 60; Coron, 47; Roxas, 43; Sofronio Española, 38; Culion, 34; Busuanga, 23; Rizal, 19; Balabac, 18; San Vicente, 6; Dumaran, 3 and Araceli, 1.

The towns of Agutaya, Cagayancillo, Cuyo, Kalayaan, Linapacan, and Magsaysay have zero cases.

Mario Baquilod, officer-in-charge of the DOH regional office, said the public should take extra precautions and avoid stagnant waters in residential areas where the dengue mosquitoes breed.

“Mosquitoes, particularly Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus breed in stagnant waters oftentimes found around residential areas. We are requesting everyone to be vigilant and to be extra cautious against dengue fever infection through the 4s Kontra Dengue given that there is an upsurge in the number of cases in the region recently,” Baquilod said.

Data provided by the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) showed that most cases were recorded in Palawan followed by Oriental Mindoro with 1,152 and four deaths, Marinduque with 337 and one death, Occidental Mindoro with 278 and two deaths, and Romblon with 128 as of June 28, 2019.

The figures are 94.4 percent higher compared to 1,375 cases in the same period last year.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection transmitted to the people through bites of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes.

Its symptoms include high fever, rashes, vomiting, stomach pains, and nose bleeding.

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