Dengue cases in Cebu seen to rise this year

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Lor­raine Mitzi A. Am­brad/KBQ

The num­ber of dengue cases in Cebu is ex­pected to in­crease this year, three years after a dengue out­break was de­clared in the prov­ince.

Doc­tor Rene Catan, Provin­cial Health Of­fice (PHO) chief, said the mos­quito-borne dis­ease has a trend wherein cases peak ev­ery three years.

“The dengue cases would usu­ally in­crease ev­ery three years. A dengue epi­demic hit the prov­ince in 2016 and none in 2017 and 2018. So, we ex­pect an epi­demic this year,” he said.

In 2016, Cebu re­ported an in­crease of over 200 per­cent in dengue cases.

PHO record showed that 5,505 dengue cases were re­ported from Jan­uary to Sep­tem­ber in 2016, 224 per­cent higher com­pared to the same pe­riod in 2015.

The preva­lence rate was noted at 114 for ev­ery 100,000 pop­u­la­tion of Cebu prov­ince. It has been the high­est rate in the last six year, or since 2010.

Pre­vi­ous records of the De­part­ment of Health showed that Cen­tral Visayas was among the top 10 re­gions with the high­est num­ber of recorded dengue cases.

In Cebu, Toledo City, Car­car City, Balam­ban, Tal­isay City, Con­so­la­cion, Liloan, Danao City, San Fer­nando, Medellin, and Cor­dova were the top 10 lo­cal gov­ern­ment units with high­est cases of dengue.

In 2018, PHO recorded 5,093 dengue cases with around 40 deaths. The fig­ure was 179 cases higher than the 4,914 recorded in 2017.

“The cases did not reach the epi­demic pro­por­tion,” said Catan.

The cities of Naga, Tal­isay and Toledo, and the town of Minglanilla and Liloan were the top five LGUs with the high­est num­ber of cases last year.

Catan noted that there was an in­crease in the last months of 2018 which was at­trib­uted to the rainy sea­son.

PHO recorded 3,673 dengue cases from Au­gust to De­cem­ber 2018 alone, way higher than the 1,763 cases in the same pe­riod in 2017.

Catan urged the pub­lic to keep their sur­round­ing clean and de­stroy mosquito­breed­ing ar­eas.

As for PHO, it con­tin­ues to cam­paign for erad­i­cat­ing dengue in the coun­try by search­ing for and de­stroy­ing mos­quito-breed­ing ar­eas, such as tin cans, jars, bot­tles, and other items that can col­lect and hold wa­ter; to im­ple­ment self pro­tec­tion mea­sures that in­clude wear­ing of long pants and sleeved shirt; and to use mos­quito re­pel­lent ev­ery day.

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