By Anthony Giron
Trece Martires City, Cavite — Five dengue deaths and 1,392 cases of the mosquito-borne disease were recorded in Cavite in the first nine weeks of this year, the Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (PESU) reported yesterday.
Dr. Nelson C. Soriano, PESU head, said that the number of deaths and cases reported in the province from January 1 to March 4 this year is higher by 64 percent as compared with the same period in 2017 – three deaths and 850 dengue cases.
The record showed two fatalities in Tanza and one each in Dasmarinas City and the towns of Silang and Alfonso.
Soriano confirmed that there is a dengue outbreak in some areas of the province, but stopped short of identifying them.
He only cited reports that the cities with the most number of dengue cases were General Trias, Bacoor, Imus, the province’s capital; Dasmarinas and Trece Martires. The municipalities most affected by dengue are Naic, Tanza, Rosario, Noveleta and Silang, he added.
There was no report from the PESU on whether any of the dengue deaths have been associated with the Dengvaxia vaccine.
Meanwhile in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, Department of Health (DOH) Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo said that all of the identified Dengvaxia recipients in MIMAROPA (Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan) are in good health.
From January 1 to February 28 this year, Janairo said the Regional Epidemiological Surveillance Unit (RESU) confirmed only a total of 190 dengue cases in the region with one death. (With a report from Jerry J. Alcayde)