Pangasinan is a province on the western area of the island of Luzon along the Lingayen Gulf and South China Sea, some 163 km or 100 miles north of Manila.
Pangasinan struggled with weather issues like typhoons this year that led to much flooding and increased cases of leptospirosis and dengue in 2018.
According to the Provincial Health Office (PHO), the number of dengue cases reported in the province totaled 7,777 in the entire province from Jan. 1 to Nov. 19. This is up from 4,653 cases during the same period last year, or a 67 percent.
Concerning the bacterial infection, leptospirosis, health officials recorded a whopping 140 percent increase in cases in 2018. The PHO reported 459 leptospirosis cases from Jan. 1 to Nov. 19 this year, compared to the 191 cases during the same period last year.
In addition, 61 deaths were reported dwarfing the 3 deaths reported in 2017.