The Department of Health (DOH) has recorded a 53.8 percent rise in dengue cases in Caraga Region, a health official said on Tuesday.
DOH-Caraga has recorded a total of 3,164 cases in the region from Jan. 1 to Sept. 22, Dr. Ernesto Pareja, head of the Local Health Support Division disclosed.
In the same period in 2017, he said, there were only about 141 dengue cases in the region.
A total of 11 deaths had also been recorded for 2018.
According to Pareja, most of the dengue cases were coming from Surigao del Sur (73 cases), Tandag City (22 cases) and Agusan del Sur (20 cases). All other provinces in the region were found to have an increasing number of dengue cases.
Citing Dengue Disease Surveillance Report, Pareja said 53.5 percent of those afflicted with dengue were males, with 40.4% percent belong to the 0 to 10 year age group. The ages of fatalities ranged from 3 years old to 79 years old.
Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, and a characteristic skin rash that is similar to measles. Dengue is transmitted by several species of mosquito within the genus Aedes, principally Aedes aegypti.
Amid the rising number of dengue fever cases, health authorities in Caraga urged all sectors to unify their efforts in the eradication of breeding areas of mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus, especially with the onset of the rainy season. By CLC