The Philippines has recorded a total of 118,785 dengue cases from January 1 to August 13, which is 143% higher compared to cases reported during the same period last year, according to the Department of Health (DOH).
From January 1 to August 13, 2021, the Philippines recorded only 48,867 cases.
From July 17 to August 13, 2022 alone, a total of 19,816 dengue cases were recorded.
The DOH said that six out of 17 regions exceeded the epidemic threshold for dengue in the period. These regions were Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, CAR, and NCR.
NCR showed a “sustained increasing trend” of dengue cases over the same period.
Central Luzon logged the most number of dengue cases this year with 21,247 or 18% of total cases .
Central Visayas followed with 11,390 cases or 10%; and the National Capital Region (NCR) with 11,064 or 9%.
Death toll increased to 400 with a 0.3% case fatality rate.
Among the said fatalities, 35 occurred in January; 31 in February; 37 in March; 47 in April; 62 in May; 74 in June; 100 in July; and 14 in August.
— Ronald Espartinez