Philippines: Dengue Outbreak - Jul 2019Ongoing
More than 77,000 suspected cases of dengue and 300 deaths were reported in the first 20 weeks of 2019 in the Philippines. This is almost double the number of reported cases during the same time period last year. Dengue cases remain high as the rainy season approaches, with the Department of Health declaring a dengue outbreak in four villages in the province of Negros Oriental in the Central Visayas region. City and municipal health officials, working with local authorities, have launched information campaigns in the affected provinces. They are conducting house-to-house visits and distributing treated mosquito nets. (OCHA, 1 Jul 2019)
According to the latest report of the DOH Epidemiology Bureau, there were 3,610 dengue cases reported from June 16 to 22. This number brings the cases recorded, from all over the country since January 1 to June 22, to a cumulative total of 98,179, with 428 deaths.The reported cases for June 16 to 22 alone is eight percent (8%) higher compared to the same period last year (3,330 cases). Since January, the highest number of cases came from Western Visayas (11,285), CaLaBaRZon (10,313), Central Visayas (8,773), SOCCSKSARGEN (8,297), and Southern Mindanao (8,289). Meanwhile, the DOH clarified that the alleged outbreak in the Ilocos province were confined to specific barangays only and not the whole province. The DOH Center for Health Development Office in Region 1, Northern Luzon, reported a total of 353 dengue cases from Ilocos Norte from January 1 to June 29, this is 47.7% higher than the number of cases reported for the same period in 2018. Most of the cases came from Laoag City (94), Badoc (43), Batac City (29), Pagudpud (21), and Dingras (20). There were no deaths reported. (Govt. of Philippines, 10 Jul 2019)
With 106,630 dengue cases reported through the Philippines Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (PIDSR) system from 1 January to 29 June 2019, including 456 deaths, the current dengue incidence is 85% higher than in 2018, in spite of a delayed rainy season. Whereas the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of 0.43% as of 29 June 2019 is lower than in the same time period in 2018 (0.55%), this is still significantly higher than the regional average of 0.22% in the Western Pacific. The Philippines Department of Health (DoH) declared a National Dengue Alert on 15 July 2019, urging regional DoH offices to step up dengue surveillance, case management and outbreak response in primary health facilities and hospitals, as well as through community and school-based health education campaigns, clean-up drives, surveillance activities, case investigations, vector control, and logistics support for dengue control. The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC), raised the code blue alert, activating the national Health Cluster, led by DoH. (WHO, 16 Jul 2019)
Between 1 January to 6 July, 115,986 dengue cases including 456 deaths were reported through the DOH routine surveillance system, with a CFR of 0.42%. With a median age of 12 years, the most affected age group among dengue cases is 5-9 years (30%). Similarly, the most affected age group among dengue deaths is 5-9 years (40%). The majority of dengue cases are male (55%), whereas the majority of dengue deaths are female (53%). CFR is highest in regions V (1%), BARMM (1%), VI (0.6%), and VII (0.7%), whereas incidence is highest in regions IX, CARAGA, VI, XII, X, and II. (WHO, 25 Jul 2019)
The Department of Health (DOH) declared a national dengue epidemic to enable the local government units to use their Quick Response Fund to address the epidemic situation. Based on the DOH Dengue Surveillance Report, there are 146,062 cases recorded from January to July 20 this year, 98% higher than the same period in 2018. There were 622 deaths. (Govt. of Philippines, 6 Aug 2019)
The Department of Health XI is scaling up efforts to inform the public on the gravity of the dengue epidemic that has so far caused 4,345 cases and 21 deaths in Davao Region from January to Aug. 5 this year. The DOH Dengue Surveillance Report identified Regions 4A with 16,515 cases; MIMAROPA with 4,254 cases; Bicol with 3,470 cases; Western Visayas with 23,330 cases; Eastern Visayas with 7,199; Zamboanga Peninsula with 12,317 cases; and Northern Mindanao with 11,455 cases. The morbidity rate has reached 10,502 cases nationwide which is 71% higher than last year’s figures. In Davao Region, the most number of cases is in Davao City (2,168). Other provinces also have high number of cases: Compostela Valley with 788; Davao Oriental with 641; Davao del Norte with 562; Davao del Sur with 151; and Davao Occidental with 35. (Govt. of Philippines, 12 Aug 2019)
During 1 January to 27 July, there are 167,607 dengue cases reported, including 720 deaths. The number of cases reported is 97% higher than in 2018, in spite of a delayed rainy season. Case Fatality Rate (CFR) as of 27 July is 0.43%, which is lower than in the same time period in 2018 (0.54%), but still significantly higher than the regional average of 0.22% in the Western Pacific. The most affected age group among dengue cases is 5-9 years (23%), with a median age of 12 years. Similarly, the most affected age group among dengue deaths is 5-9 years (42%). The majority of dengue cases are male (52%), whereas the majority of dengue deaths are female (54%). CFR is highest in regions XI (.58%), BARMM (.87%), and V (0.57%), whereas incidence is highest in regions VI, IV-A, XIII, IX, X. (WHO, 13 Aug 2019)
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The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) intensified its information campaign concerning health problems to protect the people and the community from waterborne diseases, influenza, leptospirosis, and dengue these monsoon months.
PRC is reminding everyone to take extra precautions as this is the high-risk period during which infectious diseases spread easily. Communication materials, house to house visits and health seminars are part of the awareness campaign of the Red Cross.
By Danica D. Caballero
LEGAZPI CITY (PIA) – As dengue cases in Bicol continue to rise to alarming level, the Department of Health in Bicol (DOH-5) is urging the public to always practice dengue prevention measures to control the disease.
“Barangays should engage in the “Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue” strategy. We can prevent dengue in as simple as cleaning our surroundings, backyards and the whole barangay,” said Dr. Ernie V. Vera, DOH-5 regional director.
By Oliver T. Baccay
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, July 10 (PIA) - - With the efforts to eradicate dengue cases in the region, the Department of Health (DOH) region 2 has urged newly elected local law makers to pass ordinance penalizing households with mosquito larvae in their surroundings.
Doctor Romulo Turingan, chief of the Local Health Support Division, said a law with stiffer penalty is necessary to mandate the communities to be responsible in the eradication of the killer disease.
By Joey Dalumpines
DAVAO CITY (PIA) - The City Health Office (CHO) has intensified its information and education campaign against dengue fever as it noted that the disease has claimed the lives of five persons since January 1.
Speaking in the I-Speak Forum at the City Hall, CHO pest control worker Melodina Bavante cited the data that the dengue fever cases this year were higher compared to those in 2018 to explain the reason for intensification of the information drive .
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By Leonard T. Pineda, I
ILOILO CITY, June 27 (PIA6) -- The provincial government here, through the Provincial Health Office (PHO), is advocating for local government units in Iloilo province to conduct a municipal-wide “Do Day Kontra Dengue.”
Dr. Maria Socorro Colmenares-Quiñon, provincial health officer, said that the public is encouraged to practice the “4 o’clock habit” to help bring down cases of the deadly dengue fever in the province, which is still expected to surge during the rainy season.
Members of the Mindanao Humanitarian Team in Iligan conducted a need assessment of Marawi continuing humanitarian needs.
Dengue cases are increasing in the Central Visayas region, where there are over 7,300 dengue cases with 43 deaths in first five months in 2019.
As the number of measles cases decline, the risks of a current outbreak is now set to moderate at the national level.
By Vicente W. Villavert
Published on June 21, 2019
SAN JOSE, Antique, June 21 (PIA) -- The Provincial Health Office (PHO) has intensified anew the four 'S' (4-S) campaign amid the three deaths caused by dengue in the municipality of Culasi.
By Sheila Patoza
KALIBO, AKLAN, June 21 (PIA) -- Dengue cases in the province keep on increasing with nine deaths already as of June 15, 2019, according to the Provincial Health Office (PHO)-Aklan.
PHO here noted that from January 1 to June 15 of this year, the 17 towns of Aklan have recorded a total of 1,254 dengue cases. The figure showed a 70 percent increase as compared to the 736 cases recorded in the same period last year.
By Carlito C. Dar
Published on June 22, 2019
BAGUIO CITY, June 21 (PIA) - - The Department of Health (DOH) reiterates its advisory to the public to clean all possible mosquito breeding sites in the homes and surroundings especially with the rainy season in when dengue cases tend to peak.
By Roi Anthoni Lomotan
SIBULAN, Negros Oriental, June 19 (PIA) -- Local health officials reported a huge spike in the number of dengue cases in the province this year.
Department of Health (DOH) Negros Oriental Provincial Officer Dr. Socrates Villamor disclosed during the Kapihan sa PIA forum yesterday that there are 1,469 dengue cases with five deaths recorded from January 1 to June 15, 2019.
The figure showed a 253 percent increase in dengue cases recorded last year which is 416 with five deaths.
DUMAGUETE CITY, Jun. 4 (PIA)--Dumaguete City and the municipality of Sibulan are included in the list of top five local government units in Central Visayas with highest number of dengue cases in the first quarter of this year.
In Central Visayas, there are already 7,363 dengue cases with 43 deaths from January 1 to May 4, 2019.
This is 239 percent higher compared to the same period last year with only 2,172 cases and 41 deaths.
Several Asian countries are experiencing unusually high numbers of dengue cases for this time of year. With the rainy season approaching, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for action to minimize illness and deaths from dengue.
Dengue is one of the fastest-spreading mosquito-borne diseases. Worldwide, the incidence of dengue has increased 30-fold over the past 50 years. Dengue is a major public health concern as it can develop into a potentially fatal form called “severe dengue”.
By Alex Lumaque
ROXAS CITY, Capiz, June 6 (PIA) -- A simultaneous anti-dengue awareness activity is being initiated and coordinated in Capiz by the Provincial Health Office (PHO) to contain and prevent the alarming dengue mortality and morbidity in the province.
The initiative dubbed “Provincial Dengue Day”, set on June 10, will kick off with the launching of an audio – visual presentation on dengue at the giant LED screen at the Provincial Capitol here after the Monday’s flag raising ceremonies.
By Roi Anthoni Lomotan
DUMAGUETE CITY, May 27 (PIA)--The Department of Health (DOH), with the City Health Office (CHO) of Dumaguete, started its dengue prevention campaign this year with a Kontra Dengue Information Caravan held on May 24 at Barangay Candau-ay Covered Court.
By Leonard T. Pineda, I
ILOILO CITY, May 7 (PIA) -- The Department of Health- Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD)-6 is scaling up its campaign against dengue through the implementation of the “Enhanced 4S” strategy.
In the DOH6-led Regional Health Promotion Network meeting held recently, Dr. Rose Marie Lamirez, DOH-6 Medical Officer III, said the Enhanced 4S is being implemented as a prevention and control strategy against Aedes-borne diseases specifically dengue, chikungunya and Zika in congruent to the global vector response 2017 of the World Health Organization.
By Ernesto A. Delgado
LEGAZPI CITY—The Department of Health (DOH) intensified its campaign for the public to consistently practice the “4S Strategy” and the implementation of “Aksyon Barangay Kontra Dengue” (ABKD) in the region.
From January 1 to March 30, 2019, Bicol Region recorded a total of 1,070 dengue cases. Camarines Sur has the highest number with 583; followed by Sorsogon, 154; Albay, 142; Camarines Norte 89; Masbate, 73; and Catanduanes, 28.
ZAMBOANGA CITY, 02 Apr (PIA) - - Department of Health (DOH) 9 reminds the public once again to be vanguards for health by consistently putting into practice the 4-S campaign against dengue.
The 4-S campaign stands for Search and destroy mosquito-breeding sites; secure Self-protection measures like wearing long pants, long sleeved shirts and daily use of mosquito repellent; Seek early consultation and Support, and fogging only in hotspot areas where increase in cases is registered for two consecutive weeks to prevent an impending outbreak
By Oliver Ross Rivera
KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Mar. 18 (PIA) - Local health officials urged the public to be cautious over the increase in number of dengue cases in Soccsksargen region.
Dept. of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) XII Medical Officer IV Dr. Imelda Quiñones said their Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU) already reported 5 deaths and 3,211 affected individuals.
By Jocelyn P. Alvarez
ZAMBOANGA CITY, March 15 (PIA) - - Dengue fever cases in the Zamboanga Peninsula Region reached 1,743 from January 1 to March 7, 2019 which is 81 percent higher as compared to the same period last year.
According to the Disease Surveillance Update of the Department of Health (DOH) 9, the total 1,743 Dengue cases were gathered from the different sentinel hospitals in the Zamboanga Peninsula Region.