Philippines health authorities are reporting an increase in the mosquitoborne viruses, dengue and chikungunya, early in 2023.
From January 1 through February 18, 2023, officials report 17,136 total dengue fever cases, a 102 percent increase compared to he 8,491 cases reported during the same period in 2022.
Sixteen of the 17 regions in the country are reporting increases in cases. The Metro Manila (National Capital Region -NCR) has reported the most cases to date with 2,609, followed by Central Luzon with 2,024 cases, Calabarzon (1,704) and Northern Mindanao (1,620).
55 dengue related deaths have been reported so far.
In all of 2022, the Philippines reported 226,497 dengue cases, including 737 deaths.
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Health officials have reported 29 chikungunya cases to date, up from 5 in 2022 (a 480% increase).
The Davao Region accounts for 55 percent of the country total (16).
In all of 2022, 600 chikungunya cases were reported by health officials.
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