Health officials in North Cotabato in Mindanao in the southern Philippines are reporting rising cases of dengue in the province.
Since the beginning of the year, the province has seen 1,136 cases, 390 percent higher compared to the same period last year.
Eight deaths have been recorded in Kidapawan City, compared to one last year in the province.
North Cotabato’s Integrated Provincial Health Office chief, Dr. Eva Rabaya warned that 2022 is considered as an epidemic year, in which dengue cases would rise over a three-year cycle.
In Negros Oriental in the Central Visayas region, officials report a spike in dengue cases. Authorities say a total of 658 dengue cases were reported from January 1 to June 25, which is 102 percent higher than the 325 cases recorded during the same period last year.
Three deaths were also recorded early this year.
Canlaon City led the top 10 towns and cities with the highest number of dengue cases at 158, followed by Bayawan City, 76 and Dumaguete City, 58.
Assistant Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Liland Estacion called on the people to help slow down the dengue cases, especially during this “epidemic” or “outbreak” year, by cleaning their surroundings to eradicate breeding sites of mosquitoes, which are the vector or carriers of the dengue virus.