BAGUIO CITY – The number of suspected dengue cases in Cordillera increased by 98 percent this year, data from the health department showed.
The Department of Health's (DOH) office in Cordillera, however, made the assurance that there is no outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease.
Data released on Thursday showed that a total of 1,080 dengue cases were recorded from January 1 to May 28, 2018, nearly double last year's figure of 546 cases from the same period.
Three dengue-related deaths were also recorded this year.
Dr. Ursula Segundo of DOH-Cordillera said there was no outbreak last year. She added that comparing the number of dengue cases over the last 5 years, the increase is minimal.
Government initiated a nationwide dengue immunization campaign in 2016 but it was halted last year after Sanofi Pasteur, maker of dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, warned of more severe dengue symptoms on those immunized who had never contracted the disease.
-- Micaella Ilao, ABS-CBN News