Dengue cases so far this year down by 46% compared to 2019, says DOH

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 15 2020 06:43 PM

MANILA — The number of dengue cases in the Philippines so far this year has declined by nearly 50% compared to last year, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Monday.

“Ayon sa surveillance report ng ating Epidemiology Bureau, ang kabuuang bilang ng mga kaso ng dengue ngayong taon ay 46% lower than the same time last year,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during a televised briefing.

(According to the surveillance report of our Epidemiology Bureau, the total number of dengue cases for this year is 46% lower than the same time last year.)

“Ito ay posibleng epekto ng ating increased awareness na dala ng pandemic situation,” she added.

(This might be an effect of our increased awareness because of the pandemic situation.)

Vergeire urged the public to continue observing preventive protocols against COVID-19 and illnesses like dengue.

It should be noted, however, that dengue cases spiked last year, partly due to the backlash caused by the Dengvaxia vaccine controversy, which resulted in some parents opting not to have their children vaccinated. 

Dr. Napoleon Arevalo, director of the DOH’s Disease Prevention and Control Bureau, urged Filipinos to remove possible mosquito breeding grounds from their houses.

“Ang general community quarantine ay pagkakataon para sa buong pamilya na linisin ang buong bahay,” he said.

(The general community quarantine is an opportunity for the family to clean their whole house.)

He reminded the public to use insect repellant and to immediately seek medical help if they fall ill.

He also called on the local government units to ensure that their health centers are prepared to accommodate dengue cases.

Among the dengue symptoms mentioned by Arevalo are fever, body pains, diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding of the gums.