By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Health officials with the Pangasinan Provincial Health Office (PHO) reported 935 dengue cases from January 1 to May 18 this year with nine dengue related fatalities.
While the case count is lower this year to date–1,133 in 2019–the death count is up from two during the same period in 2019.
According to PHO chief, Dr. Anna Ma. Teresa de Guzman, the deaths are due to the community quarantine when the mobility of people is limited and access to transportation is restricted.
Nationally, a cumulative total of 47,226 dengue cases has been reported from 1 January to 18 April 2020. The cumulative figure is 38% lower compared to the 75,563 cases reported in the same period in 2019.
Dr de Guzman also warned about leptospirosis in the province during the rainy season. Through Monday, PHO have recorded six cases and one death.
Like with dengue to date, these numbers are also down compared to last year when 11 cases and two deaths were reported.