By NewsDesk @bactiman63
Officials with the Department of Health in the Eastern Visayas (Region 8), which encompasses Samar, Leyte and Biliran, are reporting an 86 percent increase in dengue fever compared to the same period in 2018.
From January 1 to July 11 this year, 4,809 confirmed cases, including 19 fatalities have been recorded. 2,590 cases were reported last year at this time.
John Paul Roca, DOH regional information officer said the non-stop surge of cases since last year is very alarming.
“We have to heighten active surveillance in all reporting sites. We have been providing assistance to local government units through massive information drive, assembly of mothers, and conduct misting and fogging activities,” Roca said.
The Provincial Health Office (PHO) in Iloilo report that dengue fever cases went up by 1,129 in just one week.
Iloilo has recorded a total of 5,435 cases with 20 deaths from January 1 to July 6 this year. Pototan town still has the most number of recorded cases – 489 with three deaths.
Nationally as of June 15, officials reported a cumulative number of 92,267 cases with 398 deaths. This is higher compared to 50,145 cases with 275 deaths reported during the same period last year.