By Analou De Vera
The Department of Health (DOH) said that over 48,000 dengue cases have already been reported nationwide as of March 16, 2019.
Based on the latest data from the DOH-Epidemiology Bureau, there were 48,634 dengue cases, including 184 deaths, reported from January 1 to March 16.
The figure is higher compared to the 28,328 cases, including 150 deaths, recorded during the same period last year.
Central Visayas was found to have the most number of cases with 5,421; followed by the National Capital Region (NCR) with 4,855; Calabarzon with 4,815; Caraga with 4,570; and Central Luzon with 4,009.
The DOH noted that the most affected age group is the five to nine years old with 12,424 cases.
The health department, meanwhile, said a total of 65 barangays in 35 cities and municipalities in the country have been identified as dengue “hotspots.”
Dengue hotspots are defined as areas when there is clustering and increasing number of cases for two consecutive weeks.
Provinces with identified dengue “hotspots” are:
- Compostela Valley
- Davao Del Norte
- Davao Del Sur
- Davao Oriental
- North Cotabato
- South Cotabato
- Sultan Kudarat
- Agusan del Norte
- Agusan del Sur
- Surigao del Norte
- Surigao del Sur
In NCR, the cities with dengue hotspots are: