Dengue cases up by almost 50% from last year, now at 40,648 and rising


24 Oras video: DOH monitors spike of dengue cases in Pasay.

The number of dengue cases in the Philippines has reached 40,648 within the past seven months of 2010, almost double the 27,473 cases during the same period in 2009, said the Department of Health (DOH) in a report by Manila Times. The number of recorded deaths also increased from 293 last year to 328 this year. Those 1 to 10 years old, and 11 to 20 years old were the most affected so far this year, according to GMANews.tv.

Here are the recorded dengue cases according to Manila Times:
Central Mindanao - 5,259
Western Visayas - 4,511
Eastern Visayas - 4,086
Calabarzon - 4,034
Southern Mindanao - 3,875
Northern Mindanao - 3,603
National Capital Region (Metro Manila) - 3,452

In Metro Manila:
Quezon City - 754
Manila - 606
Caloocan City - 372
Navotas City - 227
Valenzuela City - 221
Malabon City - 182
Mandaluyong City - 171
Marikina City - 165
Pasig City - 144
Pasay City - 126
Makati City - 119
Parañaque City - 114

"The increase in dengue cases can be [attributed] to the El Nino phenomenon that the country is experiencing," DOH Sec. Enrique Ona said, according to GMANews.tv. Although dengue is a year-round disease, Ona said, the number of cases increases during the rainy season because the breeding sites of the dengue carrier, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, increase as well.

To avoid dengue outbreaks, Ona advised the public to destroy possible mosquito breeding sites like discarded tires and tin cans. He added that water out in the open such as water in flower vases should be regularly replaced and roof gutters should be drained.

For more on this story, log on to Manila Times and GMANews.tv.

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