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From January 1 to October 1, dengue cases increased by 191%.

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According to a health official, the number of dengue cases in the nation jumped by 191% between January and October, with three districts experiencing epidemic levels.

Alethea de Guzman, Director of the Department of Health’s Epidemiology Bureau, stated in an online forum that the Philippines had recorded 173,233 dengue cases thus far, which is more than double the 59,514 instances for the same period last year.

Central Luzon, with 34,347 cases; the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, with 3,335 cases; and the Cordillera Administrative Region, with 12,623 cases, are the top three regions this year to cross the epidemic threshold.

A total of 54% of the cases were in people under the age of 15, and 57% of them had warning indications of dengue.

‘Yung ating mga naging intervention for dengue is effective, and we can see a continuous reduction of cases,’ said de Guzman. “Starting in August, we’re under the epidemic threshold, so this is a good sign that our dengue intervention is effective, and we can see a continuous reduction of cases,” he added.

Only 11,939 cases were reported in the past three to four weeks, as the majority of regions saw a decline, except Northern Mindanao, the Davao Region, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, and the National Capital Region (NCR), which saw a seven to 14 percent growth rate.

According to De Guzman, the DOH is keeping an eye on instances in the Cagayan Valley, the Davao Region, and the NCR since they are getting close to the epidemic threshold.

She added that 52 regions, provinces, HUCs (highly urbanized cities), and ICCs (independent component cities) had had favorable growth rates over the previous three to four weeks.

These include Abra, Mountain Province, Batanes, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Santiago City, Angeles City, Zambales, Cavite, Lucena City, Marinduque, Palawan, Romblon, Sorsogon, Bohol, Cebu City, Mandaue City, Ormoc City, Southern Leyte, Zamboanga Sibugay, Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro, Cam


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