By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The health office in Benguet province in Luzon island, Philippines reported a total of 483 dengue fever cases from January 1 to June 30 this year. This is nearly double the 255 cases during the same period last year.

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In Baguio City, administratively independent but located in the middle of the province, the numbers are even more extreme. The City Epidemiology Surveillance Unit of the City Health Services Office reported 416 dengue cases with five deaths from Jan. 1 to July 17 this year. This is a three-fold increase from last year’s 103 cases.

The increase in dengue cases has prompted concerns about the blood supply in the area.

Norelyn Aspiras, blood program coordinator at the City Health Services Office (HSO), said hopes the rise in dengue cases would have the accompanying increase in blood donation.

She said supply at the different blood banks in the city has been insufficient and even dropped when the pandemic struck.

They continue to encourage and educate the public about the importance of donating blood.