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DOH: Dengue cases 15% higher in 2024 1H

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Dengue cases recorded from Jan. 1 to June 15 increased by 15 percent compared to the same period last year, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday.

Some 77,867 dengue cases have been logged with 205 deaths as of June 15. Last year, about 67,576 dengue cases were recorded for the same period.

“From the earlier reported plateau, the number of cases have started climbing slightly by around 10 percent, from 5,547 reported last May 5 to 18, 2024 to 6,082 cases last May 19 to June 1,” the DOH said.

“While there have only been 4,689 cases reported from June 2 to 15 as of this update, the DOH cautions that this number may still change due to incoming late reports,” it said.

Five regions did not show an increase in dengue cases from May 5 to June 1 – the National Capital Region, Region 4-A (Calabarzon), Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas and Caraga.

The DOH said specific names of local government units are not released “to allow for their coordinated risk communication, community engagement and response on localized Dengue outbreaks as provided for under Section 7 of Republic Act No. 11332.”

The DOH has urged the public to practice the 4S strategy to  combat dengue.

The 4S includes search and destroy mosquito breeding grounds by eliminating stagnant water and their containers; self-protection measures like insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants; seek early consultation with a doctor or health worker for any symptoms; and support fogging or spraying in local hotspot or outbreak areas where case increases are registered.|  – Zen Trinidad

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