By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Health officials in Negros Oriental province in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines are reporting a significant increase in dengue fever so far in 2021.

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As of Sept. 11, a total of 495 cases and zero deaths were reported in Negros Oriental since the start of the year. This compares 1,963 cases and three deaths reported during the same period in 2020–a 75 percent decrease.

Despite the lower dengue numbers this year, health officials ask the public to be mindful of what the rainy season will bring. Dr. Socrates Villamor, the provincial chief of the Department of Health in Negros Oriental said, “The rainy season has started and we’ve had rains in the past days already and so we have to undertake the usual prevention measures against dengue.”

Dumaguete City has reported the most cases with 110, followed by Siaton, 74; Guihulngan City, 66 and Tanjay City, 30.

Villamor attributed the low number of dengue infections to quarantine restrictions where people’s movement is limited, resulting in slower virus transmission.

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