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    Source: http://www.inquirer.net/mindandbody/...0100120-248452

    Dengue cases in Eastern Visayas on the rise—DoH
    Posted January 20, 2010 18:10:00

    Joey A. Gabieta

    Inquirer Visayas

    TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines—The Department of Health in Eastern Visayas expressed concern over the rise of dengue cases in the region.

    DoH-Region 8 records showed that 47 children, ages ranging from 5-15 years old and coming from all over the region, were afflicted with dengue and treated at the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center here from January 4-19.

    Of the 47 dengue fever cases in the region, Leyte has the highest number at 25, followed by Biliran province, 17; Samar, 3; and Eastern Samar, 2.

    Dengue cases in the region could increase since data obtained by the DoH came only from the EVRMC.

    The DoH has yet to receive reports from private hospitals which also have dengue patients.

    But it was learned that seven children afflicted with dengue were confined at the Divine Word Hospital, also in Tacloban.

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    Re: Philippines: Dengue cases 2010

    Source: http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx...CategoryId=200

    (UPDATE) RP experiencing dengue peak season
    (philstar.com) Updated January 23, 2010 08:00 PM

    MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) - Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral urged citizens to take precautions against dengue on Saturday as this is the dengue peak season now.

    Cabral is quoted as saying that the risk of getting dengue is high usually in January and in July.

    Nevertheless, the Department of Health considers dengue a year- round threat that can strike any time.

    She advised the public to keep their surroundings clean and dry to prevent dengue-carrying mosquitoes from breeding.

    Cabral stressed the need for residents to get rid of stagnant water, which she said is a favorite breeding ground for mosquitoes.

    She also reminded the public dengue can strike anyone at any time.

    The disease is manifested by a sudden onset of fever with flu- like symptoms of muscle and joint pains and severe headache. The patient's skin also develops bright red rashes, which initially appear on lower limbs and chest.

    A total of 2,332 dengue cases were admitted to sentinel hospitals nationwide from January 1 to May 15 last year. There were 16 deaths.

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      Re: Philippines: Dengue cases 2010

      Source: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/ceb...engue-cases-up

      Cebu City dengue cases up
      Cebu Daily News First Posted 06:44:00 01/24/2010

      WITH the continued rains, comes the health risk of dengue.

      Cebu City registered 74 dengue cases for the first 16 days of this year or an increase from the 54 cases recorded for the same period last year.

      There was one fatality, a resident of barangay Pardo, where three dengue cases were reported.

      Barangay Banawa has the most number of dengue cases with six.

      It was followed by barangays Pardo, Budlaan, Pahina Central, Bacayan, Basak Pardo, Kamputhaw, Punta Princessa, Labangon and Poblacion Pardo.

      About 32 other barangays recorded two and single dengue cases, officials added.

      But city health officials said the case facility ratio (CFR) is still lower than the past period in a report to the City Council, the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU).

      For January 1 to 16 this year, one fatality out of 74 dengue cases translates to a 1.35 case facility ratio (CFR), while last year's one fatality out of 54 cases translated to a 1.78 CFR figure. Reporter Fe Marie Dumaboc

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        Re: Philippines: Dengue cases 2010

        CAR dengue cases up by 100%By DEXTER A. SEE January 27, 2010, 4:27pmBAGUIO CITY — Dengue cases in the Cordillera region increased by 100 percent in 2009 while malaria cases dropped by 62 percent, local health officials reported Wednesday.

        Dr. Alexei Marrero, Regional Dengue and Malaria Program Coordinator of the Center for Health and Development in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CHD-CAR), attributed the decrease in malaria cases in 2009 to the extensive campaign of the Department of Health (DoH) in coordination with provincial health offices, local government units, and other private partners.

        “There have been no reported deaths, due to malaria in 2009, thanks to the concerted effort of the national government, LGUs and our private sector partners or donors like the United Nation’s Global Fund and Pilipinas Shell,” Dr. Marrero said.

        On the dengue cases, 1,836 cases were reported in 2009 compared to the 916 cases in 2008.

        Marrero said Kalinga province posted the highest number of cases with 710, followed by Baguio 321; Ifugao, 241; Benguet, 224; Apayao, 153; Mountain Province, 147, and Abra, 40.

        Marrero also stressed that in 2009, the region had four dengue outbreaks – one each in Kalinga and Ifugao and two in Apayao. In terms of death, the region also posted seven deaths in 2009 compared to the four deaths recorded in 2008.

        Marrero said that in accordance to the directive of President Arroyo, CHD-CAR will be launching its anti-dengue campaign as early as February in conjunction with climate change activities. He also urged the public to help the DoH in its 4S anti-dengue campaign – Search and destroy dengue mosquito breeding grounds, Self protection, Seek early treatment, and Say no to discriminate fogging.

        Add a fifth S, which is “surveillance”, Marrero urged as people also need to be wary of what is happening around them. “The problem we are facing is a responsibility of everybody,” he added.

        In a statement, CHD-CAR Regional Director Dr. Myrna Cabotaje noted that the increase in dengue cases in the region has something to do with climate change. She said dengue cases usually rise during the rainy season (which starts in June) but due to climate change, rains in Cordillera is now whole year round, thus the DoH is now starting its anti-dengue campaign as early as February.

        Meanwhile, Marrero announced that the World Health Organization will donate 1.9 million free doses of A (H1N1) vaccines to the Philippines by February. Priority donors are health workers, after them were pregnant women, people with chronic illnesses and young children.
        http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/240550...ngue-cases-100
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        • #5
          Re: Philippines: Dengue cases 2010

          Source: http://www.gmanews.tv/story/182655/d...engue-in-albay

          DOH monitors 'small outbreak' of dengue in Albay
          01/28/2010 | 08:31 AM

          The Department of Health confirmed Thursday a "small outbreak" of dengue in Albay province in the Bicol Region, even as it said there have been no fatalities so far.

          Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral declined to give further details of the outbreak but said they have intensified their monitoring of the disease.

          "We are monitoring Bicol and have observed a small outbreak of dengue in Albay. But I must point out dengue is endemic to the entire country, and is a year-round threat," Cabral said in Filipino in an interview on dzXL radio.

          She added health authorities in Albay are now urging communities to keep their surroundings clean and dry to prevent dengue-carrying mosquitoes from breeding.

          Cabral warned local residents in the dengue-affected areas that if they are not careful, the disease may prove deadly.

          "So far sa Bicol walang reported deaths due to the small outbreak [pero] may namamatay pag masyadong seryoso ang pagkakapit nito sa atin (So far in Bicol, there have been no reported deaths due to the small outbreak but if the situation becomes serious, there will be some deaths)," she said.

          Last week, Cabral warned the first of two peak seasons for dengue has set in, and called on the public to take precautions against the killer disease.

          She said the risk of getting dengue is high usually in January and in July.

          "May two parts of the year may peak tayo. Ito ang January and then July and August nagpe-peak uli (We have two peak seasons for dengue during the year. The first is during January, and the second peak is during the period between July and August)," Cabral said in an interview on dwIZ radio earlier.

          "Kailangan mag-ingat, malinis ang kapaligiran. Ang stagnant water kailangan itapon para hindi mag-breed ang mosquitoes doon (People should keep their surroundings clean, and throw out stagnant water lest mosquitoes breed there)," she added. - RSJ, GMANews.TV

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            Re: Philippines: Dengue cases 2010

            Source: http://www.pia.gov.ph/default.asp?m=...0130.htm&no=46

            PIA Press Release
            2010/01/30

            First dengue death recorded in Cordillera for 2010

            by Teody Vedarosaga and Jonabelle Camino

            Baguio City (30 January) -- A three year old girl from Poblacion West, Lagawe, Ifugao died of dengue last January 15, making her the first fatality of the dengue virus in the Cordillera region this year.

            According to reports from the Center for Health and Development (CHD-CAR), the girl had fever for few days and was brought to a private clinic. She was discharged after the fever receded but the following day, she was brought back to the clinic after she became restless. She was then referred for further treatment to the Veterans Regional Hospital in Nueva Vizcaya where she died.

            CHD-CAR recorded, 1,836 deaths due to dengue in 2009 which is a 100 percent increase compared to the 928 cases recorded in 2008.

            According to CHD-CAR Regional Director Dr. Myrna Cabotaje, even with El Niño Phenomenon or dry weather this first half of 2010, there is no assurance that dengue cases will decrease as there are still a possibility that not all mosquito breeding grounds will get dry and for the dengue-carrying mosquitoes to adopt to the hot climate.

            Cabotaje said the Health Department will continue to intensify its anti-dengue campaign such as the 4-S campaign (Search and destroy dengue mosquito breeding grounds, Self protection, Seek early treatment and Say no to discriminate fogging).

            Cabotaje also announced that they initially scheduled to launch the 2010 anti-dengue campaign at the Baguio City Hall this February. (PIA)

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              Re: Philippines: Dengue cases 2010

              Source: http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=12&fi=p100129.htm&no=32

              PIA Press Release
              2010/01/29

              Health authorities in Region 8 remain vigilant as dengue cases rise

              Tacloban City (January 29) --he Department of Health in Eastern Visayas (DOH-8) called on all health stakeholders to remain vigilant as it expressed concern over the rise of dengue cases in the region.

              The DOH-Region 8 records showed that 47 children, ages ranging from 5 to 15 from all over the region, were afflicted with dengue and treated at the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) from Jan. 4-19.

              Of the 47 dengue fever cases in the region, the Department of Health said that Leyte has the highest number at 25, followed by Biliran province, 17; Samar, 3; and Eastern Samar, 2. The actual dengue cases in the region may even be more since the statistical data obtained by the DOH came only from the EVRMC.

              The DOH has yet to receive reports from private hospitals which also have dengue patients. But it was learned that seven children afflicted with dengue were confined at the Divine Word Hospital, also in Tacloban; and at least five school children were hospitalized due to dengue at another Tacloban-based hospital.

              In January last year, the DOH recorded 85 dengue cases while it registered 1,009 cases for the whole of 2009. DOH-8 director Dr. Edgardo Gonzaga said Tuesday that 11 children died due to dengue fever.

              This means that the number of dengue cases this year may have even decreased. But the health officials and the parents must not be complacent.

              Gonzaga urged the public and the local government units not to conduct any fogging operation at this time because it should be done only when there is an unusually high number of dengue cases, just in one area, he stressed. (PIA 8

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                Re: Philippines: Dengue cases 2010

                Source: http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/i...010/february/5

                Friday, February 5, 2010

                Dengue alert up

                Taguig City has hoisted its dengue alert following reported outbreaks in Metro Manila.

                Mayor Sigfid Tinga yesterday ordered the Anti Dengue Task Force to cover the city’s 28 barangays for a clean-up and information drive even with a Department of Health noting that Taguig had the lowest incidence in the metropolis.

                The City Health Office confirmed 29 cases from Jan. 1 to 18 with one fatality. Most of the patients were from Ususan and Sta. Ana villages.

                CHO head Dr. Rolando Paac said 201 people died of dengue in Metro Manila last year. At least 13,361 cases were reported in hospitals throughout the year and 446 were from Taguig. Ferdinand Fabella

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                • #9
                  Re: Philippines: Dengue cases 2010

                  Source: http://www.inquirer.net/mindandbody/...0100207-251742

                  Dengue cases in Cebu City up 39%

                  Posted February 07, 2010 07:20:00

                  Cebu Daily News

                  Dengue cases in Cebu City rose by 39 percent in January this year to 146 cases compared to 105 cases in the same period last year, city health authorities said yesterday.

                  Two fatalities - one from barangay Pardo and one from barangay Tejero- were reported during the period.

                  The Cebu City health department reported that Sitio Banawa of barangay Guadalupe had the most number of dengue cases at 10. It was followed by barangays Bacayan, Labangon, Sambag 1, Pardo, Budlaan, Guadalupe proper, Pahina Central, Basak Pardo, Kamputhaw, Punta Princessa, Mambaling, Tisa, and Poblacion Pardo which had five to seven cases.

                  Six barangays recorded four cases, while another seven barangays had three cases each and 10 among the 80 barangays of Cebu City had two cases of dengue. About 18 other barangays recorded single dengue cases, officials added.

                  Dr. Ilya Tac-an, City Epidemiologist said if community involvement in cleanliness drive against dengue was sustained, dengue cases in Cebu City would not be a problem anymore.

                  Dr. Tac-an said the anti-dengue drive was intensified in all barangays. But despite the massive information drive, the number of dengue cases has increased.

                  City health officials however said the case facility rate (CFR) was still lower than last year in a report to the City Council by the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU).

                  For Jan. 1 to 30 this year, two fatalities out of 146 dengue cases translated to a 1.36 case facility rate (CFR) compared to last year's whi ch had three fatalities out of 105 cases or translated to a 2.85 CFR figure.

                  According to the report, most of those affected were males who accounted for 56.8 percent of the total cases. By age, the affected patients ranged from four-month-old to 55 years old.

                  But Tac-an clarified that this did not mean that males were more prone to dengue, saying it was the environment where they were exposed.

                  Tac-an said that to avoid fatalities in dengue cases, a fever surveillance would be intensified. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to barangay health centers every time their children have fever.

                  Cebu City health centers are offering free complete blood counts (CBC) and platelets counts, said Tac-an. /Reporter Fe Marie D. Dumaboc

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                    Re: Philippines: Dengue cases 2010

                    Source: http://www.theboholstandard.com/tops...&s14=&s15=2608

                    Dengue still a “top” killer disease in Bohol

                    Dengue disease due to aedes aegypti mosquito bite has caused eight (8) human fatalities of the total 623 cases in 2009, according to the Provincial Health Office (PHO). PHO, however, did not divulge the identity of the last victim.

                    Earlier, PHO report said that the dreaded disease surged to 379 with seven (7) human casualties as of the middle of September 2009, according to the monitoring report of the Provincial Health Office (PHO).

                    The 8th death documented occurred during the month of December, which posted a total of 84 cases, PHO added.

                    The 2009 figures (number of cases) are much higher than the entire year 2008 with only 145 cases and five (5) deaths.

                    Calape town posted three deaths and Tagbilaran City , two. The municipalities of Talibon and Tubigon had one apiece. Most of these (deaths) occurred during the month of July with 4 and August, three, the report said.

                    PHO data showed that the lowest number of cases (4) was posted during January 2009. The highest was during the month of August with 123 while February had 13; March, 25; April, 20; May, 31; June, 59; July, 99; September, 5; October, 74; November, 86; and December, 84.

                    Comparatively, Dengue cases posted a highest record high of 1,679 cases from January to December 2007 and the death toll reached to 16, PHO’s ten-year (2000-2009) record showed.

                    During the 2007 upsurge, total cases recorded in the municipalities totaled to 1,195 and Tagbilaran City contributed 483.

                    Bohol experienced 231 cases and 3 deaths in 2006; 1,113 cases and 21 deaths in 2005; 283 cases and 5 deaths in 2004; 365 cases and 3 deaths in 2003; 289 cases and 2 deaths in 2002; 712 cases and 5 deaths in 2001; and 70 and zero death in 2000.

                    Health authorities reminded the populace to keep their surroundings clean always, especially those stagnant waters in containers. (RVO)

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                    • #11
                      Re: Philippines: Dengue cases 2010

                      Source: http://www.visayandailystar.com/2010.../topstory7.htm

                      Dengue cases
                      up 46 percent
                      BY CARLA GOMEZ

                      Dengue cases in Negros Occidental increased by 46 percent in January from the same period last year despite the dry spell in many areas brought on by the El Niño phenomenon, Provincial Health Officer Luisa Efren said in a report to Gov. Isidro Zayco yesterday.

                      She said 98 cases of dengue were recorded in January compared to 53 in the same period last year.

                      Zayco noted that the increase in dengue cases were in Cadiz City with 19 from 1 in 2009, Sagay City – 15 from 6, Silay City 16 from 11 and Bago City 7 from 2.

                      Other areas were dengue cases were reported in January this year were Talisay City – 6, EB Magalona - 6, La Carlota – 5, Escalante City - 4, San Carlos City – 3, Victorias City – 3, Manapla – 3, Calatrava – 2, Hinigaran – 2, Toboso – 2, Isabela – 1, Kabankalan City – 1, La Castellana – 1, Himamaylan – 1, and Valladolid – 1.

                      Efren said health units are closely monitoring the following areas with higher incidence of dengue cases: Silay, Bago, Talisay, Sagay, Cadiz, Escalante, San Carlos and Victorias cities, and Calatrava and Valladolid towns.

                      The PHO is also continuing its anti-dengue information drive, while search and destroy operations against mosquito breeding places is being undertaken, she said.

                      She stressed that those hit by dengue should seek early treatment, and for Negrenses to observe proper sanitation and remove possible breeding prices of dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

                      The PHO is also continuing its campaign for blood donations to meet the needs of dengue patients, Efren said.

                      Zayco said the PHO should ensure that health offices in the towns and cities of the province keep a close watch to prevent dengue cases.

                      Dengue is transmitted by the bite of an Aedes mosquito infected with any one of the four dengue viruses, the World Health Organization said.

                      Symptoms range from a mild fever, to incapacitating high fever, with severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, and rash. There are no specific antiviral medicines for dengue, it said.

                      It is important to maintain hydration, WHO said.

                      Dengue haemorrhagic fever (fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, bleeding) is a potentially lethal complication, affecting mainly children. Early clinical diagnosis and careful clinical management by experienced physicians and nurses increase survival of patients, WHO said.*CPG

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                      • #12
                        Re: Philippines: Dengue cases 2010

                        Source: http://www.pia.gov.ph/default.asp?m=...0217.htm&no=53

                        PIA Press Release
                        2010/02/17

                        Dengue cases up in Negros Occidental

                        Bacolod City (17 February) -- Dengue cases in Negros Occidental increased by 46 percent in January compared to the same period in 2009, despite the dry spell in many areas brought on by the El Niño phenomenon.

                        Dengue fever is an acute illness of sudden onset that usually follows a benign course with fever, headache, exhaustion, rashes, and severe muscle pain, frequently accompanied by sore throat, dizziness, loss of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea.

                        It is caused by a bite of a striped Aedes aegypti mosquito which has previously bitten an infected person. This type of mosquito spreads during rainy seasons but can breed all year round in standing water in flower pots, plastic bags, tires, and cans.

                        Provincial Health Officer Dr. Luisa Efren said that 96 cases of dengue were recorded in January compared to 53 in the same period last year.


                        Efren said health units are closely monitoring areas with higher incidence of dengue cases in the province.

                        Dengue mosquitoes bite during the day time. The highest biting intensity is about 2 hours after sunrise and before sunset. It is best to wear full sleeves clothing and long dresses to cover as much of your body as possible during these times if possible.

                        Use repellents but be careful in using them in young children and the elderly. Use mosquito coils and electric vapor mats during daytime. Use mosquito nets to protect children, old people and others who nap during the day.

                        Like most viral diseases there is no specific cure for dengue fever. Antibiotics do not help. Paracetamol is the drug of choice to bring down fever and joint pain. Aspirin and Ibuprofen should be avoided since they can increase the risk of bleeding.

                        The Provincial Health Office is continuing its anti-dengue information drive, while search and destroy operations against mosquito breeding places is being undertaken. (PIA/cad) [top]

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                        • #13
                          Re: Philippines: Dengue cases 2010

                          Source: http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=12&fi=p100218.htm&no=57

                          PIA Press Release
                          2010/02/18

                          Dengue cases on the rise in Central Visayas

                          Cebu City has most number of cases

                          Cebu City (18 February) -- Dengue cases are on the rise in Central Visayas as from January to February 13, this year, around 724 cases have been documented compared to only 491 cases of the same period last year indicating a 68 percent increase.

                          Dr. Jocelyn Abellana, dengue program coordinator of the Dept. of Health (DOH-7) bared that dengue is now an all-year round disease which previously only favored the rainy season.

                          "Case fatality rate for this year from January 1 to February 13 is 10 while nine deaths have been recorded for last year," Abellana disclosed.

                          Out of the four provinces in the region, Cebu Province had the most number of cases with 404 with Cebu City having the bulk of the cases with 217 and six deaths, this is learned.

                          Abellana said Tagbilaran City in Bohol had 21 cases while Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental only had 17 cases.

                          The regional dengue program coordinator admitted the dengue problem is a perennial issue in Cebu City despite the aggressive campaign of the Cebu City Health Office (CCHO).

                          "Cebu City always has the highest incidence of dengue cases in the region," Abellana noted.

                          Dense population and poor living conditions citing urban squatter areas making the spread of the virus accessible are cited as the main factors behind the increased incidence rate in Cebu City, according to Abellana.

                          Central Visayas is in top five among the regions with the highest incidence rate of dengue cases, the dengue program coordinator said.

                          Abellana lauded the Cebu City Government for their advocacy programs on dengue but yet despite their hard efforts, dengue cases still remain high in the city as she said the health problem must equally be a community effort. "Everybody has a stake here and that all we need to do is simply clean our surroundings and not store water which is an ideal breeding site for the Aedes Egypti, the dengue-virus carrying mosquito," the DOH-7 official stressed.

                          Although it cannot be prevented that one has to store water especially in areas where water supply is poor, Abellana said one should just cover the water container and to clean the container regularly by brushing in thoroughly.

                          Abellana also urged the public to dispose of used tires as water can settle inside while even the smallest container such as softdrink caps have been found to have larvae eggs as well as the bottom of the water dispensers as she advised the latter to be cleaned regularly.

                          The DOH-7 official also discouraged the use of fresh flowers because this needs to be sprinkled with water and the water would settle in the flower vase which can then be a breeding ground for the eggs of the Aedes mosquito.

                          Abellana said the dengue health threat is not for the government to resolve alone and that the community itself has to be at the forefront in the fight against dengue. (PIA-Cebu/FCR)

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                          • #14
                            Re: Philippines: Dengue cases 2010

                            Source: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/244120...r-dengue-watch

                            Ifugao under dengue watch
                            By DEXTER A. SEE
                            February 18, 2010, 5:31pm

                            Baguio City — The Cordillera office of the Department of Health (DoH) has placed the world heritage province of Ifugao under its watch and close supervision because of the abnormal increase in dengue fever cases over the past several weeks.

                            Dr. Myrna Cabotaje, DoH-CAR regional director, said the agency was forced to place Ifugao under close watch after two dengue-related deaths occurred in the province this early in the year.

                            Both patients were reportedly treated in the nearby province of Nueva Vizcaya but they were bona fide residents of Lagawe and Banaue towns.

                            The DoH-CAR earlier predicted a significant increase in the number of dengue cases in warmer places of Ifugao but the two dengue-related deaths indicated that even cooler areas have become breeding grounds for dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

                            Cabotaje said health authorities are still conducting evaluations in Kalinga and Apayao since the two Cordillera provinces also posted abnormal increases in dengue cases over the past two weeks.

                            She appealed to the concerned communities and local governments to actively support the eradication of mosquitoes in order to reduce the number of dengue victims.

                            Last year, the DoH-CAR recorded 1,836 dengue cases in the region, double the number
                            registered in 2008 which was 968.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Philippines: Dengue cases 2010

                              Source: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/244889...hers-c-visayas

                              Dengue kills 11, downs 859 others in Central Visayas
                              By JENNY F. MANONGDO
                              February 23, 2010, 7:12pm

                              The Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of Central Visayas has found a total of 859 dengue cases and 11 deaths in the region from January 1 to February 20 this year.

                              The figure is 56.4 percent higher compared to the same period last year which recorded 549 cases and 10 deaths.

                              The victims range from 1 month to 70 years old, the Department of Health (DoH) said, adding that 54 percent of the victims are male.

                              “Most of the cases belonged to 6-10 years old age group (28 percent). Majority of the cases are from Cebu City, 28 percent; followed by Danao City, 5.8 percent; Talisay City, 5.4 percent; Lapu-Lapu City, 4.3percent; and Tagbilaran City, 3.8 percent.”

                              Six of the fatalities were in Cebu City and the rest in other municipalities, Dr. Rennan Cimafranca, Head of the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) of Central Visayas said.

                              The figure is “significant” because it shows that dengue cases are really increasing.

                              Cimafranca explained that dengue cases usually peak during the third quarter of the year and slowly drops by the end of the year. But in this case, he said, the cases have spilled over to 2010 so there are more cases this year than 2009 within the said period.

                              In 2009, a total of 6,878 cases were admitted and 78 deaths recorded in sentinel hospitals in the region.

                              Cebu City registered the highest number of dengue cases with 957, followed by Lapu-Lapu City, 745; and Dumaguete City, 531.

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