By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
It has been a record season for dengue fever in the Philippines in 2019. Between 1 January and 19 October 2019, 371,717 dengue cases including 1,407 deaths were reported through the DOH routine surveillance system, with a CFR of 0.38%.
This is up from 180,072 cases and 927 deaths reported during the same period in 2018, a 106 percent increase.
Since the beginning of the outbreak, children aged 5-9 years have consistently been the most affected age group among dengue cases (23%) and deaths (38%).
Poverty, geographical remoteness, malnutrition and poor hygiene and sanitation are all contributing factors to the high mortality rate.
Health officials in the Philippines declared a National Dengue Epidemic on August 6.
During the first 10 months of 2019, Indonesian health officials have reported 110,921 cases of dengue fever.
“The figure increased drastically as compared to 2018 when the country witnessed 65,602 dengue fever cases,” Director of Vector and Zoonotic Communicable Disease Prevention and Control of the Health Ministry Siti Nadia Tarmizi stated.
Overall, the dengue fever cases were mostly found in Java and Bali, with 61,071 cases; and Sumatra, with 21,896 cases.
Dengue fever mostly affected children in the age group of between five and 17, representing 43.25 percent of the total cases.