dengue_cases_inside1.jpgThe number of patients diagnosed with dengue have reached alarming proportions this year, with 3,447 cases recorded in Quezon City alone, reports ABS-CBNNews.com.

According to Dr. Antonietta Enumerable, head of the Quezon City Health Office, this number is 1,264 more than the recorded cases from last year. Due to the dramatic rise in numbers, the disease has now reached the "alert threshold" in the city, meaning that the cases "exceeded the usual number of cases but has not yet reached epidemic proportions."

The report from ABS-CBNNews.com mentions that the number of recorded dengue cases in Metro Manila has risen to 10,487. In contrast, the number of dengue cases recorded from January 1 to August 2010 was just 5,416.

Putatan in Muntinlupa; Marulas in Velenzuela; and Batasan Hills, Novaliches, and Pansol in Quezon City have all been identified as "dengue hotspots."

Meanwhile, Aldrin Cuna from the Quezon City Office of the Mayor said that they will continue with their campaign of cleaning the streets to make sure that more people do not contract the disease.

Learn how to protect yourself and your family from contracting dengue by following the tips in this FN article:

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