Dengue cases in Cebu seen to rise this year
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.