Cagayan, Philippines – A spike of dengue cases has been documented in Cagayan Valley region from January to June 2022, an official from the Department of Health Office 2 disclosed.
DOH Region 2 Medical Officer Romulo Turingan revealed to CNN Philippines’ Balitaan that there are already 2,014 dengue cases recorded in Cagayan Valley for the first six months of the year.
The figure, he said, is higher by 897% as compared to the 202 dengue cases documented from January to June last year where the age bracket under 11 to 20 years old was the most affected.
Earlier, it was noted by Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire that the number of dengue cases in Cagayan, Isabela, and Nueva Vizcaya has exceeded the epidemic threshold.
Cases in Cagayan
Cagayan Provincial Information Office reported 1,035 dengue cases in the province since the start of the year with 5 patients succumbing to the disease.
While the figure already reached more than a thousand, Provincial Health Officer Carlos Cortina III explained that dengue cases in Cagayan cannot be considered alarming since the cases are still lower than the data in 2018 and 2019.
As recalled, there were 5,074 individuals infected with the mosquito-borne viral disease in 2019 with 32 recorded deaths and 2,087 in 2018.
Meantime, in the entire country, the number of cumulative dengue cases from January 1 to May 7 has decreased.
According to the Department of Health, there are a total of 25,268 cases recorded which is 6% lower than the 27,010 cases from January to May 7 in 2021.
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