Dengue cases inch to 120,000 mark-A A +A
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
THE Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday reported that there are already close to 120,000 cases of dengue that have been recorded in the first 36 weeks of the year.
In a statement, the DOH said they have already recorded 117,658 dengue cases have been reported from January 1 to September 7.
Most of the cases, the DOH said, came from Western Visayas (14.28 percent), Mimaropa (13.98 percent), Central Visayas (9.38 percent), Eastern Visayas (7.98 percent), and Central Luzon (7.82 percent).
The DOH, though, noted that the figure is lower by 5.25 percent compared to the same time period last year.
"Metro Manila benefited most from the interventions initiated by the DOH as it reduced the number of dengue cases from 23,957 cases in 2012 to 7,909 cases in 2013," said the DOH.
Similarly, the DOH reported that they have also recorded a large decrease in leptospirosis cases during the same period.
It said there were only a total of 1,577 leptospirosis cases recorded during the same period.
The health department noted that this is 72.13 percent lower compared to last year.
The regions affected by leptospirosis came from the National Capital Region (27.65 percent), Central Luzon (14.39 percent), Western Visayas (13.82 percent), Calabarzon (9.07 percent) and Davao Region (8.56 percent). (HDT/Sunnex)