By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Two provinces in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines declared dengue fever outbreaks this week after reporting dramatic increases in the mosquito-borne infection in 2019.
In the province of Capiz, Governor Esteban Evan Contreras signed Executive Order putting the entire province under dengue outbreak.
According to Capiz health officials, a total of 2,177 dengue cases with 14 deaths were reported during the first six months of the year, 771 percent higher than the same period in 2018.
In Guimaras, Governor Samuel Gumarin also sigbed an Executive Order on Friday, which placed that province under a dengue outbreak.
The Provincial Health Office of Guimaras recorded 493 cases of dengue from January 1 to July 6, 2019, a 1,046 percent increase compared to the 43 cases recorded in the same period last year.
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.