DOH reports ‘significant decrease’ in dengue cases as of May 7

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 30) — The Department of Health reported a “significant decrease” in the number of dengue cases in the country from Jan. 1 to May 7, 2022.

“Based on data gathered by the Epidemiology Bureau (EB), a six percent (6%) decrease has been recorded -- from 27,010 last year, down to 25,268 this year for the said period,” it said in a statement Monday.

The department said weekly cases were also significantly lower, except from March 20 to April 30, which is also known as morbidity weeks 12 to 17. During the period, 11,435 dengue cases were recorded, or 94% higher than the same period in 2021 with only 5,901 cases.

The regions that contributed the most in the recent morbidity weeks were Cagayan Valley, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, and Cordillera Administrative Region.

Overall, most of the cases were from Central Visayas (3,198 cases), Central Luzon (3,087 cases), and Zamboanga Peninsula (2,522).

From April 10 to May 7, 2022, where 6,622 cases were reported, most of the cases were also from Zamboanga Peninsula (908 cases), Central Visayas (881 cases), and Central Luzon (593).

The DOH is reminding the public to practice the 4S strategy -- search and destroy breeding places, secure self-protection, seek early consultation, and support fogging/spraying in hotspot areas, especially now that the country is already under the rainy season.

“We are taking proactive actions in preventing outbreaks and raising awareness to curb the increase in the number of cases. Rest assured that the DOH is closely monitoring every disease trend, and is well-prepared to respond to any healthcare aid any Juan or Juana may need,” DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said.