The Philippines has reported a more than 40 percent decrease in dengue cases nationwide in 2017 to date compared to the same period in 2016.
During the first nine months of the year, health officials have reported a total of 97,287 dengue cases including 526 deaths.
This number is 41.8% lower (167,102) than that for the same period in 2016.
The Visayan province of Cebu has seen an even bigger decrease in cases. According to a report by Kier Edison C. Belleza in the Manila Bulletin:
The number of dengue fever cases so far this year is 11, 478 dengue with 104 deaths.
This is 49 percent lower compared to what was recorded in January until November 4 last year, where 22, 460 cases were reported.
The number of dengue fever – related deaths over the same period last year was 192.
The cities hit the hardest this year include Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue.
Health officials in Cebu have vaccinated some 159,000 children with the first dose against dengue over the summer with the next dose to be administered in the next few months.
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