While the number of dengue fever cases reported nationally in the Philippines is down in 2018 compared to last year, two provinces, Cavite and Negros Occidental are reporting significant increases of 79 and 47 percent, respectively.

Aedes aegypti/CDC
Aedes aegypti/CDC

In Cavite, the Provincial Health Office’s (PHO) Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (PESU) reported Tuesday that the number of dengue fever cases in Cavite province reached 2,403 in the first semester of the year, up 79 percent from 1,343 cases in the same period last year. There has been 12 fatalities reported to date.

Bacoor City ranks first with the highest number of cases (302, or 13 percent), with the cities of General Trias and Imus, following at 2nd and 3rd with 299 and 270 cases, respectively.

In Negros Occidental, Louie Fernandez of Negros Occidental Health Surveillance System said that the number of dengue cases has also increased by 47 percent, from 964 in the same period last year to 1,419 this year. This includes 11 dengue related fatalities.

Cadiz City still has the most number of dengue mortality with four followed by La Carlota City, two; Valladolid, two and one each in Bago City and E.B. Magalona.

Nationally, the Philippines has recorded 37,959 and 195 deaths from 1 January to 26 May 2018. This total is down seven percent compared to the same period in 2017.