Despite increase in cases, no dengue outbreak yet in CV

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FIVE more deaths due to dengue were recorded in Central Visayas in three weeks, with a total of 1,894 reported cases from June 19 to July 9, 2022.

The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH 7) earlier reported that the region recorded 6,399 dengue cases with 47 deaths from January 1 to June 18 this year.

As of July 9, Central Visayas had a total of 8,293 dengue cases with 52 deaths.

Cebu Province recorded the highest number of dengue cases among the four provinces and three highly urbanized cities (HUCs) with 2,938 cases, including 19 deaths.

Cebu City followed with 1,710 cases, including 18 deaths, from January to July 9 this year.

Bohol recorded 1,194 cases, although it reported no death in the same period, while Negros Oriental and Siquijor had 760 cases with three deaths and 59 cases with one death, respectively.

Mandaue City had the lowest number of cases among the three HUCs with 492 cases and three deaths while Lapu-Lapu City recorded 1,140 cases with eight deaths.

The number of cases in the first half of 2022 is much higher than the total number of cases recorded for the whole year of 2021, which saw only 942 cases with five deaths.

Despite the increasing number of cases, no local government unit (LGU) has declared an outbreak, said Dr. Ronald Jarvik Buscato, head of the National Aedes-Borne Viral Diseases Prevention and Control Program.

Buscato assured the public that the DOH continues to coordinate closely with the LGUs and it has been monitoring reported cases of the mosquito-borne illness, as they first raised the alarm over the increase in the number of cases in the region during the first quarter of this year.

Dr. Eugenia Mercedes Cañal, cluster head of the Regional Epidemiological Surveillance Unit-Central Visayas (Resu 7), also earlier said they had already extended the necessary technical support and assistance to the provinces and municipalities in Central Visayas.

The DOH has called on the public to prevent dengue by adopting the enhanced 4-S strategy in their households: search and destroy mosquito-breeding sites; self-protection measures like wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts and daily use of mosquito repellent; seek early consultation; and support fogging or spraying only in hotspot areas where an increase in cases is registered for two consecutive weeks to prevent an outbreak.

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