THE Department of Health reminded the public to be vigilant and seek early consultation for suspected dengue cases following the 30 percent increase in dengue cases this year.
Data from the DoH showed that the number of dengue cases rose to 171,294 this year compared to the 131,736 recorded in 2017.
“Seek early consultation. Kung meron nang lagnat na 38 degrees centigrade ay ‘wag nang magpatumpik-tumpik, magdalawang-isip. Dalhin na sa pinakamalapit na pagamutan,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque said.
“‘Yung cause ng increase, sinasabi nila, kasi nag-uulan. Usually ‘yan eh. Kapag nag-uulan, naiimbak ang tubig,” he added.
Most of these cases were recorded in the Negros Occidental, Quezon City, Cebu, and Bohol.
The biggest increase in dengue cases was seen in Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, Mimaropa, CARAGA, Region X and Region I.
In Samar alone, over 4,000 dengue cases have been recorded of which at least 20 have died. Samar falls under Region 8 where dengue cases have increased by 86 percent since last year.
Meanwhile, in Region 7 where dengue cases rose by 20 percent, more people died of the virus in Bohol this year, despite the fewer number of cases recorded in the province compared to 2017.
Duque said leptospirosis cases also rose by 86 percent compared to last year, also citing the rainy weather as the cause for this year’s large increase in cases of the disease acquired from the Leptospira bacteria in rat urine.
From 2,612 leptospirosis cases last year, the number spiked to 4,855 this year, at least 460 of which have died.