THE number of dengue cases almost doubled in January to October this year, according to the Department of Health (DOH) in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

In the weekly Kapihan sa Baguio, Nurse 5 Geeny Anne Austria of the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) of DOH-CAR said 5,921 cases were recorded by DOH for the period, including 11 deaths.

This number is about 97 percent higher than the 2,999 cases recorded in the comparative period in 2017.

The recorded dengue cases were from Kalinga – 1,139 (19.2 percent); Benguet – 1,025 cases (17.3 percent); Apayao – 887 cases (15 percent); Abra – 829 cases (14 percent); Ifugao – 568 cases (9.6 percent); Baguio City – 418 cases (7 percent); Mountain Province – 224 cases (3.8 percent);and non-CAR provinces – 831 (14 percent).

Based on the data obtained from the agency, more males contracted dengue fever.

A total of 3,161 (53.4 percent) male patients were recorded out of the total number of affected individuals in the region with an age range from four days to 96 years old with a median of 16 years old.

Meanwhile, DOH-CAR recorded a 15 percent increase in typhoid or paratyphoid fever cases with 1,894 cases and no reported deaths.

The DOH recorded a five percent decrease in influenza with 8,138 cases in 2018 as compared to 8,538 cases in 2017. No deaths have been recorded so far.

“We would like to remind the public to keep themselves warm particularly these months as we are now experiencing a change in the weather with the coming of the cold season,” Austria added.