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DOH reports 35K dengue cases in PH this year, 23% higher than 2021

/ 10:45 PM June 09, 2022
The Philippines has reported almost 35,000 cases of dengue fever and 180 dengue-related deaths in the first five months of 2022, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Thursday.

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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has recorded almost 35,000 cases of dengue fever and 180 dengue-related deaths in the first five months of 2022, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Thursday.

In a report, the DOH said there were 34,938 dengue cases reported from January 1 to May 21, 2022, which is 23 percent higher compared to the reported cases during the same period in 2021, which were recorded at 28,336.

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Most of the dengue cases came from Central Luzon with 1,416 cases (13 percent); Central Visayas with 1,329 cases (13 percent); and Zamboanga Peninsula with 856 cases (eight percent).

The DOH also said the case fatality of dengue nationwide is at 0.5 percent after reporting 180 mortalities due to the mosquito-borne illness.

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Of the total reported deaths, 39 were recorded in January, 35 in February, 33 in March, 42 in April and 31 in May.

Some areas in the country declared a dengue outbreak, with the local government of Zamboanga declaring an outbreak in the area after reporting an exponential increase in dengue cases.

READ: Dengue outbreak declared in Zamboanga City 

The DOH reiterated the importance of abiding with the “4S” which stands for search and destruction of mosquito-breeding sites; self-protection measures by wearing long pants and sleeves; seeking early consultation; and fogging or spraying.

Bites of infected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes spread dengue viruses to people.

The infection triggers a severe flu-like illness often followed by a sharp drop in an infected person’s platelet count.

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