By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY— Dengue cases have increased significantly in Western Visayas, according to the Department of Health (DOH).
DOH’s Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU-6) found a 159 percent increase in dengue cases in the region comprising of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental provinces.
From January to April 6 this year, there were 5,527 dengue cases with 33 deaths. In comparison, there were only 2,136 dengue cases and 27 deaths for the same period of last year.
Maria Lourdes Monegro, DOH-6 entomologist, said Negros Occidental remains to have the most number of dengue cases with 1,863 and 15 deaths.
Aklan had the highest attack rate. It means that out of 100,000 people, there were 129 stricken with dengue.
Meanwhile, DOH reminded the public to clean their surroundings and help avoid creating breeding places for mosquitos that carry the disease.
DOH is also distributing the Dengue NS1 Rapid Diagnostic Test in all six provinces. The test kit allows faster screening for those who may be infected with dengue and can immediately seek treatment.