By Zaldy Comanda
BAGUIO CITY –The Department of Health (DOH) in Cordillera reported a 76-percent rise in dengue cases in the region for the first 16 weeks of this year.
A total of 1,681 cases were recorded from Jan. 1 to April 20, up from the 957 cases recorded during the same period last year.
Karen Lonogan, senior health program officer of the DOH Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, said there were three dengue-related deaths for this year, the same as the number as that during the same period last year.
Benguet province had the highest number of dengue cases with 366, followed by Apayao with 364, Ifugao with 173, Mountain Province with 133.
Cases in outlying provinces totaled 322.
Areas that recorded a decrease included Kalinga with 128 cases or 53 percent decrease compared to last year’s figures, Baguio City with 80 cases and Abra with 115.
Lonogan said more than half of the cases were males. The ages ranged from 4 days to 98 years old.
A clustering of dengue cases was noted in some municipalities in Abra, Apayao, Benguet and Mountain Province, which were noted to have exceeded the epidemic threshold.
Lonogan said dengue cases are reported throughout the year but usually the number significantly increases during the rainy season.