DOH: Dengue cases high in first quarter

Subscribe Now April 16, 2013 at 07:39am

THE Department of Health (DOH) in Davao region recorded an increase of 82 percent in dengue cases for the first three months this year compared to the same period last year.

According to the Department of Health-Update on Dengue Surveillance, the region has a total of 2,425 cases, with 24 deaths in just 12 weeks this year.

The figure showed a huge increase compared to the number of dengue cases for the first three months in 2010 with 1,331 cases and 13 deaths.

However, the DOH said the case fatality rate remained the same with 1.0 percent.

Majority of dengue cases were recorded in Davao City with 1,138 (nine deaths); Davao del Sur with 419 (seven deaths); Davao Oriental with 347 (one death); Compostela Valley with 305 (five deaths); and Davao del Norte with 216 (two deaths).

Most of the victims were aged five to nine years old with 581 cases with 10 deaths, followed by teeners aged 10-14 with 452 cases with seven deaths.

In an interview, Mary Divene C. Hilario, officer-in-charge of the DOH-Human Advocacy Promotion, said most cases usually come from Davao City considering the number of hospitals in the metropolis.

"Isa pa, diri man gud nagapaospital ang mga pasyente nga nag puyo outside Davao City and even outside Davao Region," Hilario told Sun.Star Davao.

The month of February recorded the highest so far, this year with more than 1,200 cases.

Of the 2,425 cases, 1,299 of the victims are male while the remaining 1,126 are female.

However, of the 24 deaths, 13 of them are women and 11 are men.

In Davao City, Buhangin District recorded the highest morbidity rate with two deaths out 205 cases; Talomo South with one death of 189 cases; and Talomo North with one death out of 118 cases.

Meanwhile, a total of 23,615 dengue cases have been reported nationwide from January 1 to March 30.

"The figure is 0.24 percent lower compared to the same period last year, which is at 23,672," the report said.

There are also 104 deaths recorded by the Health department, which is lower by 40 cases recorded during the same period last year.

Majority of the dengue cases were found in Central Visayas with 3,759; Calabarzon with 3,079; Davao Region with 2,249; Western Visayas with 2,050; and Metro Manila with 2,009. (Arianne Caryl N. Casas)


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