By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Officials with the Department of Health (DOH-5) in the Bicol region in southeastern Luzon report identifying 33 barangays (villages) in the region as dengue “hot spots.”
DOH-5 Regional Director Ernie V. Vera said the number of dengue cases region-wide jumped by 84 percent to 2,660 from January 1 to July 13 from 1,448 cases reported during the same period last year.
With the arrival of monsoon rains, the DOH-5 expects the number to escalate.
30 deaths have been reported, mostly children aged 6-10, during the first seven months of 2019.
Provinces with the most “hot spots” include Camarines Sur and Sorsogon.