Surge in dengue cases forces Samal island to declare state of calamity

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 12) — The Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte has declared a state of calamity due to dengue fever outbreak.

The city government reported that in the January-June period, a total of 249 dengue cases were recorded. This was up by 730% from the number in the same period last year, according to the report.

Among the dengue patients this year, two died, the city government said.

Based from the report from the Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of the City Health Office, the villages with the most number of dengue cases were Babak District with 169, Samal District with 170, and Kaputian with 90.

The state of calamity declaration will allow the local government to access the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund to help efforts at normalizing the living conditions of Samaleño communities affected by the outbreak.

Mindanao-based journalist Marlon Pañares contributed to this report.