By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The Philippines has seen it’s largest dengue fever outbreak in recent memory reporting more than 414,000 cases and 1,500 deaths during the first 11 months of 2019.
In Iloilo province in the Western Visayas region of the country, health officials saw a large increase in cases in 2019 and a dengue outbreak was declared in the province on July 5.
The Iloilo Provincial Health Office (PHO) reports 22,040 cases including 78 deaths through Dec. 14, 2019.
However, the case count in the province is declining with only 26 cases reported during the last reportable week. Dr. Patricia Grace Trabado, PHO head, said dengue cases in the province have gone down the alert threshold.
She said 2020 is another round or the start of the first year and fewer cases of dengue are expected to surface.
This has prompted provincial officials to recommend to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) a lifting of the declaration.
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