THE Department of Health (DOH) 7 reported 1,121 dengue cases for January 2017, or 38 percent lower compared to the 1,815 dengue cases for the same period in 2016.

Rennan Cimafranca, of the DOH’s Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (Resu) said Resu recorded 12 deaths from dengue in January 2017, which is lesser to the 14 deaths recorded in the same period last year.

Cimafranca said the figures on dengue cases covers Region 7, which is composed of Cebu, Bohol and Siquijor.

Cimafranca said the top five areas are Cebu City, with 156 cases including two deaths; Mandaue City, with 126 including one death; Lapu-Lapu City, with 104 cases including two deaths; Consolacion, with 64 cases including four deaths; and Toledo City, with 47 cases.

Cimafranca said that both sexes were almost equally represented in dengue cases, with 50.3 percent male and 49.7 percent female. Most of those affected were within the 6-10 age bracket.

On the other hand, Cyril Pangatungan of the Provincial Health Office (PHO) Provincial Epidemology Surveillance Unit (Pesu) reported 451 dengue cases in January 2017, which is lower than the 722 cases of the same period in 2016.

Pangatungan reported to Gov. Hilario Davide III that there were five deaths caused by dengue in January 2017.

Pangatungan said the top five areas with dengue cases are Consolacion town, with 60 cases; Toledo City, with 47 cases; Moalboal, with 34 cases; Carcar City, with 33 cases; and Liloan, with 31 cases.