By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The Department of Health-Central Visayas (DOH Region 7) in the Philippines are reporting a dramatic decrease in dengue fever cases during the first half of 2021.
Region wide, 976 total cases, including seven deaths have been reported through July 17. This compares with 9,449 cases and 39 deaths recorded during the same period last year (more than 89 percent decrease).
In Cebu City, 113 dengue cases have been reported, compared to 1288 last year, or a more than 91 percent decrease.
Jeffrey Doyongon, DOH-7 entomologist noted there are several factors behind the significant drop included sustaining the government’s dengue prevention campaign and the absence of face-to-face classes that limited mobility among the youth.
While the numbers are down today, officials warn they predict the number of dengue cases will increase by 2022, based on the trend they observed since 2010. The trend is dengue cases go up every three years.
Nationally, the dengue number are also lower. From 1 January to 26 June 2021, there has been a total of 31,321 dengue cases with 112 deaths (CFR 0.36%) reported, this is 44% lower compared to the 56,309 cases reported in the same period in 2020.