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Dengue cases rising in Eastern Visayas

Elmer Recuerdo

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PALO, Leyte — Dengue cases in Eastern Visayas continued to rise with 490 new cases reported along with two deaths more deaths, bringing the death toll up to four since the start of this year.

Data from the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of the Department of Health (DoH) regional office in Eastern Visayas showed that 1,687 dengue cases have already been reported from 1 January to 15 February this year, up by 41 percent from the 1,197 cases reported until 8 February.

Figures are expected to rise as the region continues to experience frequent rainy days resulting to more breeding grounds for dengue-carrying mosquitos.

If the trend on new cases continue, the number of dengue patients in the region may surpass the figures last year when it reached epidemic levels.

Health officials are already raising an alarm as four deaths have already been reported this year alone as compared to zero casualties in 2019 over the same period or a case fatality rate of 0.24 percent.

The Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit also reported that 876 of the reported cases, or 52 percent, were found confirmed dengue cases; 235 cases were considered probable cases and 578 were suspected cases based on polymerase chain reaction or the non-structural protein tests for dengue.

The DoH regional office reiterated its advice to continue the “four o’clock habit” of proper sanitation including cleaning all possible mosquito breeding grounds, removing all stagnant water, cover and clean water containers on a regular basis, proper waste disposal and cleaning of roof gutters to avoid water buildup.

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