CENTRAL Visayas has logged more than 15,000 dengue cases, at least three cases of rubella and three measles cases from Jan. 1 to Oct. 29, 2022, according to an update posted by the Department of Health Central Visayas (DOH 7) on Friday, Nov. 4.

In the month of October alone, the region recorded an additional 2,359 dengue cases, bringing the total number of cases to 15,541 as of Oct. 29 from 13,182 cases as of Sept. 10.

Additional deaths were also recorded, thus bringing the total number of fatalities to 95 from the 81 deaths recorded as of Sept. 10.

Cebu Province ranked highest with 6,358 dengue cases and 40 deaths, followed by Cebu City (2,669 and 27 deaths) and Bohol (2,333 and one death).

Other cases were from Negros (1,806 and eight deaths), Lapu-Lapu City (1,444 and 11 deaths), Mandaue City (792 and eight deaths), and Siquijor (139 cases but zero death).

Earlier, DOH 7 Director Jaime Bernadas urged the public to seek early medical consultation if they are experiencing dengue symptoms such as fever and rash, among others.

He encouraged people to observe the 4 O’clock Habit, which means searching for possible dengue-carrier mosquito breeding sites like stagnant water lying in broken pots or receptacles every 4 p.m. to avoid dengue.

The DOH also mandates local health offices to implement the 4S strategy: Search and destroy mosquito breeding sites; self-protection measures; say no to indiscriminate fogging; and seek early consultation.

Rubella, measles

Meanwhile, Bohol, Cebu City and Mandaue City each had one case of the rubella, the DOH 7 update said.

Rubella or German measles is a viral disease that infects the lymph nodes, eyes and skin. Its symptoms include low-grade fever, sore throat and a pink rash that starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body.

The disease is mild but dangerous to pregnant women. It can last from three to five days.

On the other hand, measles is considered to be more life-threatening as it targets the respiratory system with symptoms such as high fever, cough, runny nose and watery eyes, typically appearing seven to 14 days after contact with the virus.

Also, infected individuals would show small white spots in the mouth within two to three days. A rash and red spots then spread to the body after three to five days of infection.

Lapu-Lapu City logged one confirmed measles case, while the province of Bohol logged two.