By Robert Herriman  @infectiousdiseasenews


The number of dengue cases in the country continue to rise with rainy season now here. Since the beginning of the year through June 1, the Philippines has seen 83,570 cases, including 354 deaths.

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This compares with 45,053 cases and 240 deaths reported during the same period last year.

In local provincial news, in the northern Iloilo town San Fernando in Carles, the dengue fever situation (65) has prompted the issuance of a state of calamity in the village of 1,000 people.

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In Negros Occidental province, the Department of Health (DOH) and Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) have declared a dengue outbreak in four barangays (villages)– Inapoy and Tara in the municipality of Mabinay and Bal-os and Poblacion in the municipality of Basay, both situated in the boundaries with Negros Occidental.

These barangays had zero cases of dengue in the past three to five years, but in the last few weeks, cases went up to alarming levels, prompting the declaration of a dengue outbreak.

Assistant provincial health officer Dr. Liland Estacion, in a press conference at the Capitol building here on Wednesday, confirmed that Barangay Bal-os now has 25 cases; Poblacion — 14; Inapoy — 31; and Tara — 28 cases. 5 deaths were reported.

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After a whirlwind start to 2019, health officials are reporting a decreasing number of newly reported measles cases.

From Jan. 1 through May 11, 34,950 measles cases, including 477 deaths, were recorded by the Department of Health with a Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of 1.37 per cent.

The decrease in cases has prompted officials  to lower the risk of the current outbreak to moderate at the national level.

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However, of concern is the higher CFR (the current CFR remains high compared to the 0.87 per cent CFR in the same period in 2018).

More than 5.3 million individuals have been vaccinated against measles and rubella, with more than 3.4 million children aged 6-59 months.

In local news, more than 1,200 cases of measles have been recorded in the Caraga region through June 22. This is a more than 500 percent increase from last year.

According to Department of Health (DOH) Caraga, most of those affected by measles are the indigenous peoples.

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