By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Officials with the Department of Health (DOH-5) in the Bicol region in southeastern Luzon report identifying 33 barangays (villages) in the region as dengue “hot spots.”


DOH-5 Regional Director Ernie V. Vera said the number of dengue cases region-wide jumped by 84 percent to 2,660 from January 1 to July 13 from 1,448 cases reported during the same period last year.

With the arrival of monsoon rains, the DOH-5 expects the number to escalate.

30 deaths have been reported, mostly children aged 6-10, during the first seven months of 2019.

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Provinces with the most “hot spots” include Camarines Sur and Sorsogon.

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