DOH reports nearly 4K dengue cases in Metro Manila since January

Published July 6, 2022, 11:15 AM

by Analou de Vera

THE Aedes Aegypti mosquito that transmits dengue.

Metro Manila has recorded close to 4,000 dengue cases since the beginning of the year, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

“There were 3,975 dengue cases reported from Jan. 1 to June 18, 2022. Cumulatively, cases this year are one percent higher compared to the reported cases during the same period in 2021 (3,945),” the DOH said in a statement.

Since January, most dengue cases have been reported in Quezon City with 729, Caloocan City with 502, City of Manila with 501, Taguig City with 472, and Valenzuela City with 444.

It was also noted that the capital region recorded 533 dengue cases from May 22 to June 4, an increase of 16 percent compared to the cases recorded two weeks prior or from May 8 to May 21 with 458 cases then, the DOH said.

A total of 13 deaths due to dengue were recorded in Metro Manila. The DOH said four happened in February, two in March, two in April, three in May, and two in June.

The DOH recently reminded the public to practice the 4S strategy against dengue: search and destroy breeding places; secure self-protection like wearing long pants and long sleeved shirts and daily use of mosquito repellent; seek early consultation; and support fogging or spraying in hotspot areas.

“Likewise, hospitals have been instructed to provide dengue fast lanes and designated areas for such cases,” the DOH said.