Officials with the Philippine government reported today that number of measles cases reported nationally have risen to 21,396 through Mar. 14.

Sixty-seven percent of cases were reported from five regions: Calabrazon (4,401), the National Capital Region (4,266), Central Luzon (3,409), Western Visayas (1,197) and Northern Mindanao (1,059).

The death toll increase by 14 cases since our last report, bringing the total fatalities to 315.

Dengue in Soccsksargen

Aedes aegypti/CDC
Aedes aegypti/CDC

Health officials in the Soccsksargen region of south-central Mindanao have reported a significant increase in dengue fever cases in 2019 to date.

As of March 15, dengue cases rose to 3,211 as compared to more than 2,000 cases during the same period last year.

Five fatalities have been reported-Kidapawan City (3) and the towns of Libungan and Makilala with one each.

DOH-12 spokesperson, Dr. Imelda Quiñones identified the village of Tacupan in Carmen, Barangay Poblacion in Kabacan and Barangay Sadaan in Midsayap, all in North Cotabato, as “hot spot” areas.

Nationally, 40,614 dengue cases were reported through Mar. 2.