ZAMBOANGA CITY - The City Health Office (CHO) Wednesday kicked off massive misting operations in areas with recorded high number of dengue cases to contain the further spread of the disease.
CHO data showed that cases of dengue here continue to climb to 2,886 with 19 mortalities since January this year.
Engr. Jose Carl Rubio, the Guiwan district sanitary inspector, said the misting operations are complemented with the release of larvicide in areas with stagnant bodies of water that serve as the breeding ground of Aedes aegypti, the dengue-carrying mosquito.
"We also conducted an entomology survey to determine whether the larvae belong to the Aedes aegypti type," Rubio said.
On Tuesday, Rubio's group conducted a massive misting operation in Sitio Lumiyap, Barangay Divisoria, one of the barangays with high dengue cases.
Meanwhile, Dr. Dulce Amor Miravite, city health officer, said the most affected age group remains to be the zero to 9-year-olds with 1,487 cases and the 10 to 19-year-olds with 911 cases.
Miravite said the barangays of Pasonanca and San Roque are currently being closely monitored after having been identified to be hotspot areas. Hotspot areas are defined as areas with a clustering of cases with increasing numbers in two consecutive weeks.
On the other hand, Barangays Calarian, Tumaga, and Putik currently have a clustering of cases, which is defined as three or more cases in a barangay for four consecutive weeks.
Miravite said other villages under monitoring for increasing dengue cases are Limpapa, Calabasa, Boalan, La Paz, Tolosa, and Mangusu. (PNA)