Issue of January 8, 2017

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Dengue cases in CAR drop by 2%
by PIO release

Dengue fever in the region declined by two percent from January to the first week of December 2016 with 10,561 suspected cases compared to the 10,741 cases recorded during the same period in 2015.

Department of Health-Cordillera Director Lakshmi Legaspi said 20 people died due to dengue during the reckoning period last year compared to the 13 deaths reported during the same period in 2015.

She said clustering of cases were reported in some barangays in Apayao and Kalinga. Continuous cooperation and coordination of all sectors are encouraged to help intensify the campaign against dengue, chikungunya, zika, and Japanese encephalitis; and weekly cleanup drive, especially in areas that have clustering for almost two weeks.

Benguet recorded the highest increase at 105 percent with 4,208 cases for the first 49 weeks of 2016 compared to the 2,054 cases during the same period in 2015. Baguio City is second at 69 percent increase with 2,880 dengue cases last year compared to the 1,704 cases recorded in 2015.

Ifugao also reported a 35 percent increase in dengue cases with 1,083 cases during the 49 weeks of 2016 compared to the 804 cases registered during the same period the previous year.

Kalinga recorded the highest decrease at 68 percent with 791 cases last year compared to the 2,510 dengue cases the previous year followed by Abra which recorded a 63 percent decline with only 378 cases last year compared to the 1,081 cases the previous year.

Apayao also registered a 59 percent drop in dengue cases with only 445 cases during the first 49 weeks last year compared to the 1,034 cases during the similar period in 2015 while non-CAR areas reported a 58 percent decrease with 341 dengue cases in 2016 compared to 805 cases during the similar period the previous year.

Mountain Province posted a 42 percent decrease with 435 cases last year compared to the recorded 754 cases during the same period the previous year.

Legaspi said the age range of the dengue cases was nine days to 96 years old with the media pegged at 21 years old.

Males were the most affected with 5,670 or to 53.7 percent afflicted while females accounted for 46.3 percent of the total number of dengue suspects regionwide.

Legaspi recommended the personnel in charge of the epidemiology and surveillance units of Pudtol, Apayao, and Tabuk City, Kalinga to continuously investigate clustering of dengue cases; intensify vector control and fever and rash surveillance, and report suspected cases that resemble dengue.

She directed health personnel to conduct prevention on dengue, chikungunya and zika cases and vector control activities and to conduct fogging and misting activities as warranted.

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