As the rainy season continues, Mayor Joy Belmonte called on residents to observe preventive measures to combat rising dengue and leptospirosis cases in Quezon City.

The Quezon City Epidemiology & Disease Surveillance Unit (QCESU) reported 1,160 cases of dengue from January 1 to June 24, 2023, with Barangay Tatalon recording the highest number of cases in QC. QCESU also reported one death due to dengue in Barangay Krus na Ligas.

The mayor also urged QCitizens to get tested for dengue should symptoms arise, as well as practice the 4S’s: Secure Self-Protection Measures such as wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts, and using mosquito repellant; Support fogging or spraying in identified hotspots, and; Seek early consultation.

The city government and barangays also conduct ‘Search and destroy’ operations to eliminate the breeding places of mosquitoes, as well as regular clean-up drives where members of the community are encouraged to participate.

Meanwhile, the city tallied a total of 32 leptospirosis cases from January 1 to June 24, 2023. Four residents died from Barangays Payatas, Old Balara, Pasong Tamo, and Talipapa, respectively.

The QCHD reminded QCitizens to seek consultation in the nearest hospital or health center if they are experiencing leptospirosis symptoms, such as high fever, red eyes, abdominal pain, headache, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and yellowed skin or eyes.

Residents are also reminded to avoid wading or swimming in potentially contaminated water, wear protective clothing, stay away from dead or sick animals, and cover skin lesions with waterproof dressing.

“In order to make our community safe from dengue and leptospirosis, let us start with protecting our families by cleaning our surroundings and making sure that preventive measures are in place,” Mayor Belmonte said.