Health dept records 211,108 dengue cases in 2016

MANILA-- The Department of Health (DOH) reported Thursday that a total of 211,108 suspected dengue cases were recorded nationwide from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 last year.

This is 1.3 percent lower compared to the same period the previous year, which totaled 213,930, according to the report of the DOH National Epidemiology Center's public health surveillance division.

By region, Central Visayas had the most number of cases with 27,194 (12.9 percent), followed by Western Visayas with 26,142 (12.4 percent), Calabarzon with 21,860 (10.4 percent), Central Luzon with 20,298 cases (9.6 percent), and Soccsksargen with 17,903 (8.5 percent).

The patients' ages ranged from less than 1 month to 100 years old, and 39.6 percent of the cases belonged to the 5 to 14 age group. Some 52.2 percent of the cases were male.

The report noted 1,019 deaths, stating that the case fatality rate (CFR) was 0.48 percent. The 1 to 4 age bracket had the highest CFR with 0.98 percent.

The region with the highest CFR was Central Visayas with 231 cases; followed by Davao with 99; Calabarzon with 94; and Western Visayas with 91. The rest were from other regions.

Dengue is a fast emerging pandemic-prone viral disease in many parts of the world. It flourishes in urban poor areas, suburbs and the countryside but also affects more affluent communities in tropical and subtropical countries.

This mosquito-borne viral infection causes a severe flu-like illness. The incidence of dengue has increased 30-fold over the past 50 years. Up to 50 million to 100 million infections are now estimated to occur annually in more than 100 endemic countries, putting almost half of the world's population at risk.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito transmits the viruses that cause dengue. (PNA)

Source: Philippines information agency

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