BACOLOD CITY, Philippines – Dengue cases in Negros Occidental have increased almost five fold, the provincial health office said on Thursday, June 9.
The latest health update showed a worsening problem since the office’s May 31 report on the spread of the mosquito-borne disease.
The health office recorded 953 dengue cases since the start of 2022, compared to only 182 cases for the same period in 2021.
The health office on May 31 pegged the increase rate at 287% over 2021. On June 9, it said cases had increased by 453%.
Two weeks since reporting 96 new cases between May 15 to 21, the health office said new cases reached 168 between May 29 to June 4.
The coastal town of Himamaylan hit an epidemic threshold with 88 cases, 14 of these new, according to provincial health office chief Dr. Ernell Tumimbang.
The town has an 877.78% increase rate as it only reported nine cases for the same period in 2021.
Binalbagan town, also in southern Negros Occidental, has an even higher increase rate of 2750%, with 57 cases in 2022 compared to only two in 2021.
Kabankalan City has the highest number of new cases at 20, followed by San Carlos City on the northern coast with 15; Hinigaran, 14; Binalbagan, 12; and 10 each for La Carlota City and Pontevedra town. – Rappler.com