by Perla G. Lena
Dengue hemorrhagic fever cases in Western Visayas have reached 11,896 according to the 33rd morbidity week monitoring report of the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the Department of Health Center for Health Development 6 (DOH-CHD 6).
The cases covered the period January 1 to August 21, the report stated. This number is 282 percent higher compared with that of the same period last year which was only 3,116 cases.
Further, some 69 deaths were recorded as against 55 casualties in the same period last year.
The RESU report identified the provinces of Negros Occidental, Iloilo and Capiz as those with the highest number of cases.
Negros Occidental for the said period recorded 3,158 with 20 deaths; Iloilo has 2,915 with 15 casualties while Capiz, 2,315 and 19 fatalities.
"The province of Capiz has the highest attack rate and highest case fatality rate," the RESU report stated.
The RESU also highlighted the clustering of cases or there was occurrence of three or more cases during the past four consecutive weeks in 164 barangays while 10 others have been identified as hot spots or there have been clustering of cases for the similar period with increasing trend.
Nonetheless, the RESU observed that the number of cases is already at a downtrend after it peaked during the 30th and 31st morbidity weeks.
Meanwhile, the DOH-CHD under Director Ariel Valencia is calling on the public to observe the 4S to avoid the further spread of the disease.
The 4S stands for search and destroy breeding places of mosquitoes; observe self protection measures; seek early consultation and say no to indiscriminate fogging. /MP