By Analou De Vera
The Department of Health (DOH) bared that dengue cases reported during the first six weeks of 2018 is much lower compared to the same period last year.
According to the agency’s Dengue Disease Surveillance Report, a total of 10, 980 dengue cases were reported nationwide from January 1 to February 10. The figure is 41.38 percent lower compared to same period in 2017, wherein 18, 731 dengue cases were recorded.
The report also showed that 51 deaths had been recorded and that the “age group that has the highest CFR (Case Fatality Ratio) is the 0 to 4 years old age group.”
Most dengue cases were recorded in the regions of Calabarzon with 2,503 cases; Central Luzon with 1,964; and the National Capital Region with 1,820 reported cases.
Furthermore, the report said “most of the dengue cases were recorded in the provinces” of Cavite, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Laguna, and Metro Manila.
Meanwhile, the other regions in the country had reported a decrease in number of dengue cases, except for the Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and Calabarzon, the DOH report stated.
The report also showed that majority of dengue cases recorded were male. Also, 23 percent who have contracted dengue were 10 to 14 years old.