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Samal Island declares state of calamity due to dengue outbreak

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The city government of Samal has placed the entire island under the state of calamity due to dengue outbreak.

From January to June, the Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of the City Health Office recorded 249 dengue cases of which two incidents resulted to death.

In the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) resolution, the city government noted the continuing rise of dengue cases in the entire island with the onset of the rainy season.

“The number of dengue cases dramatically increased up to 730% higher compared to the same period last year which, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), may be attributed to switching of circulating dengue virus serotype,” the resolution read.

Thus, the SP said there is “an urgent need to adopt quick response measures to dengue cases outbreak.”

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