Dengue cases rising; DoH warns of 2nd peak

Dengue cases continue to climb and have now reached 98,934 cases or 135.14 percent higher compared to the same period last year covering the months of January to Sept. 25, the National Epidemiology Center (NEC) of the Department of Health (DoH) reported on Monday.

NEC warned areas where there are more rains to prepare for the second peak of dengue.

Last year, there were only 42,075 nationwide. But health officials are still optimistic that cases will decline in the coming weeks.

A total of 644 deaths were also registered within the same period.

“The peak of our dengue cases is usually August and then cases will begin to decrease,” Dr. Eric Tayag, NEC director, said.

“But we are warning areas where more rains are expected. They should prepare for the second peak of dengue. There might be a resurgence of dengue cases,” he added.

The NEC report noted that dengue cases are mostly in Western Visayas, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon), NCR (National Capital Region), SOCCSKSARGEN (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City), and Eastern Visayas.

The Department of Health (DoH) also noted clustering or the presence of three or more cases in a barangay for the past consecutive weeks in the following areas: Dingras and Laoag City in Ilocos Norte; Candon City, Salcedo, Santa Cruz, Vigan City in Ilocos Sur; Aringay, Bacnotan, Bangulin, Bangar, Bauang, Luna, Naguilian, Rosario, San Fernando City, San Gabriel, and Santol in La Union; Dagupan City, Manaoag, Mangatarem in Pangasinan; Tuguegarao City in Cagayan; Santiago City in Isabela; Bayombong and Solano in Nueva Vizcaya; Alitagtag, Batangas City, Bauan, Calaca, Cuenca, Ibaan and Balete in Batangas; Bacoor, Trece Martires, and Dasmarinas in Cavite; Calamba City, Liliw,Pagsanjan, San Pablo City, San Pedro, and Sta. Cruz in Laguna; and Buenavista and Dolores in Quezon; Butuan City, Surigao del Sur in CARAGA; Caloocan City, Marikina City, Muntinlupa City, Navotas City, Pasay City, Pasig City, Taguig City, and Valenzuela City in Metro Manila, among others.

Meanwhile, hotspots or areas with clustering of cases with increasing number in two consecutive weeks were noted in La Union, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Aklan, Guimaras, Negros Occidental, Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Southern Leyte, Davao City, South Cotabato, and Metro Manila.