By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Dengue cases have seen dramatic increases in 2019 in the Philippines. According to Department of Health (DOH)-Epidemiology Bureau’s data, 402,694 dengue cases have been reported nationwide as of Nov. 16, a 92-percent increase from last year, when there were only 209,335 cases.
In addition, 1,502 persons have died from dengue to date, up from 1,075 deaths last year.
On 6 August 2019, the Government of the Philippines, through the Department of Health, declared a national dengue epidemic.
There are 16 provinces which have declared state of calamity due to dengue: Aklan, Albay, Cavite, Capiz, Catanduanes, Eastern Samar, Guimaras, Iloilo, Leyte, Mountain Province, North Cotabato, Paranaque, South Cotabato, Southern Leyte, Western Samar and Zamboanga Sibugay.
Malaysia health officials have reported 120,472 dengue cases through Dec. 3, a 70 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2018.
164 dengue related deaths have been reported to date.
Selangor province continues to report the majority of cases with 66,721.
In Thailand, the Bureau of Epidemiology now reports 119,046 in all 77 provinces through November 25. In addition, 126 deaths have been reported.
In 2018, Thailand saw 88,005 dengue cases and 115 deaths.
Chiang Rai province has reported the highest incidence, followed by Ubon Ratchathani, Chanthaburi, Nakhon Ratchasima and Rayong.