CLOSE to 4,000 dengue cases have already been recorded in the National Capital Region (NCR) in the first five and a half months of 2022.

Data from the Department of Health (DOH) show that 3,975 dengue cases have been reported from January 1 to June 18, 2022 in Metro Manila.

"Dengue cases this year are one percent higher compared to the reported cases during the same period in 2021, which is 3,945," said the DOH.

Most of the dengue cases were reported in Quezon City with 729 (18 percent), Caloocan City with 502 (13 percent), Manila City with 501 (12 percent), Taguig City with 472 (12 percent), and Valenzuela City with 444 (11 percent).

The health department also reported that a total of 13 deaths due to dengue were recorded this year.

This means that the current case fatality rate of dengue in the country is at 0.3 percent.

The DOH strongly urged the public to continue practicing the 4S strategy against dengue in a bid to prevent additional cases.

4S stands for Search and destroy mosquito breeding sites; Secure self-protection; Seek early consultation; and Support community fogging or spraying in high case areas.

The health department also ordered all hospitals to be prepared to handle dengue cases.

"Hospitals have been instructed to provide Dengue Fast Lanes and designated areas for such cases," said the DOH. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)