The number of dengue fever cases in the Philippines through Aug. 6 stands at 84,085, an increase of 16 percent compared to the same period in 2015.
Most regions are seeing increases in infection from the mosquito borne virus and the Eastern Visayas is no exception.
Department of Health officials out of Tacloban City (DOH-8) say dengue fever cases continue to rise in Eastern Visayas, with 2,869 cases and 16 deaths reported through the third week of August. Most cases have been reported in children.
Leonido Olobia, DOH-8 Dengue/Malaria Program Manager says this total is up 228 percent compared to the same time last year. Olobia says it’s “alarming”, but not at epidemic numbers.
The increase in cases has prompted health officials to advise the public to seek early consultation if suffering from dengue fever.
Hardest hit areas include Catbalogan City, Samar and the following cities in Leyte–Palo, San Miguel, Abuyog, Tacloban, Tanauan and Baybay.