FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

Dengue case figures increase dramatically in the Philippines

Dengue case figures increase dramatically in the Philippines. | Courtesy of wikipedia.org
The Department of Health (DOH) recently announced that the prevalence of dengue fever cases within Region 2 of the Philippines has increased by four times this year compared to 2014.

Between Jan. 2015 and Oct. 3, 2015, Region 2 has confirmed 8,084 dengue fever cases. During the same time period in 2014, there were 2,391 dengue fever cases.

Isabela had the highest quantity of cases at 3,650. Cagayan had the second highest with 2,087. Nueva Vizcaya had 1,382, Quirino had 753, and Batanes reported 212 dengue cases. Out of all of these cases, 15 people died from the illness. Most of these deaths were children.

“One of the most important reasons for the tremendous increase in dengue cases was due to the presence of the four strains of dengue virus circulating in the country,” Dr. Romeo Turingan, the Department of Health's (DOH) focal person on dengue fever, said.

Experts also attribute the rise in cases to climate change.

There is currently a dengue outbreak in Luna, Delfin Albano and Santiago City. This is due to the ongoing rise in dengue fever cases compared to the records for dengue fever in previous years.

“Affected local government units are now doing its best to put a stop to the increasing number of dengue cases,” Turingan said. “We will also help them contain the situation in their areas.”

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