BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) has reported an increase in dengue cases by almost 150 percent in Region 6 with Negros Occidental province getting the highest jump in cases at 357 percent for its 21st morbidity week this year compared to the same period last year.
DOH data showed there were 175 cases and three deaths in 2021 in Negros Occidental against 800 cases five deaths in 2022.
A morbidity week is defined in health reporting as a weekly report of illness and death.
The DOH Center for Health Development Western Visayas released the figures on its social media page that showed a total of 297 dengue cases and 20 deaths from 1 January to 28 May 2022 in Western Visayas representing a 149 percent increase in May 2022 compared to the same period, last year.
Aklan province logged eight new cases for a total of 63, and one death while Antique reported 105 new cases with a total of 518 and three deaths.
Capiz had 14 new cases with a total of 118 and no death. Guimaras had three new cases that totaled to 22 and no deaths.
Iloilo province has 58 new cases with an over all of 330 with six deaths. Meanwhile, Iloilo City has four new cases in a total of 74 and one death.
Negros Occidental recorded 105 new infections being the highest number of cases in the region for a total of 800 cases and five deaths.
The city had no new case but has 139 existing ones and four deaths.
Six cases have been reported in-region but the patients live outside Western Visayas.