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Dengue cases rise 106% in Eastern Visayas

TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) in Eastern Visayas recorded a 106-percent increase in dengue cases in the region last year.

DOH Regional Director Minerva Molon said there were 9,784 cases with 50 deaths.


The figure was the second highest since 2010 where there were 12,022 dengue cases, Molon said.

The number of cases started to go up in July, she said.

Northern Samar had the most number of cases at 18 percent. All but one of the province’s 24 towns were affected. There were 1,764 cases with 11 deaths in Northern Samar.

Baybay City, which declared a dengue outbreak, had 9 percent of the total number of cases in the region.

Molon attributed the increase to the failure of communities to maintain the cleanliness of the environment whenever the number of dengue cases drops.

“Unfortunately not all houses conduct search and destroy operations of the mosquitoes’ breeding sites. They lack participation,” she said.

DOH advised those who have previously acquired dengue to avoid mosquito bites and recurring cases.

“Dengue is dangerous especially to those who have previously acquired it. When a patient has fever, bring him back to the hospital after consultation if the symptoms recur within 10 days even if he no longer has fever,” Molon said.



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