The Philippines posted a total of 16,324 dengue cases from June 5 to July 2, 2022, according to the Department of Health (DOH). 

As of July 2, the DOH’s National Dengue Data show 20% of the said numbers or 3,196 cases were detected in Central Luzon. 

The National Capital Region (NCR) followed with 1,729 dengue cases (11%); and Central Visayas with 1,703 cases (10%).

Currently, there are 65,190 dengue cases in the country from January 1 to July 2, 2022. The said number is 83% higher compared to the infections reported during the same period the previous year. 

There were only 35,715 dengue cases recorded from January 1 to July 2, 2021.

The country’s fatality rate stands at 0.4% or 274.

Among the said deaths, 36 happened in January; 32 in February; 39 in March; 46 in April; 63 in May; and 58 in June.

Moreover, 13 out of 17 regions have exceeded the dengue epidemic threshold in the past four weeks, from June 5 to July 2, 2022. 

Central Luzon, Mimaropa, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Davao Region, Soccsksargen, Bangsamoro Region, and Cordillera Administrative Region also showcased a “sustained increasing trend” of dengue cases during the same period, the DOH added.

Earlier this month, DOH OIC Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the surge of dengue infections in the country is alarming with some patients being sent to the hospitals. 

Ronald Espartinez