Dengue cases dip 67.9 % in Caraga

BUTUAN CITY —Dengue fever, the dreaded mosquito-borne disease, has dipped in the region to almost 70 percent according to the recent data released by the Department of Health (DOH) Regional Office 13.

The Department of Health Regional Office 13 Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU), based on its Disease Surveillance Report during the 10th Morbidity Week from the first week to the middle part of this month, gave its dengue fever update trend that a total of 674 cases were admitted to the different disease reporting units region wide from the first week of January to the mid-part of this month. Accordingly, this is 67.9 percent lower than the 2,097 cases in the same period last year.

From the first week to the middle part of March of this year, according to the regional health office, 38 cases came from the different disease reporting units in Caraga Region. Reported cases were mostly coming from Surigao del Sur (16 cases), Agusan del Sur (9 cases), Tandag City (7 cases) and Surigao City (2 cases).

There was no barangay identified as hotspot (Morbidity Week 6-7). Clustering of cases was noted in Brgy. Washington (Poblacion), Surigao City and Mabua, Tandag City.

Surigao del Sur recorded the highest with (164 cases) from the first week of January to mid-part of March this year; followed by Butuan City (109), Agusan del Sur (80), Surigao del Norte (78), Agusan del Norte (61), Surigao City (61), Tandag City (44), Bayugan City (25), Bislig City (19), Cabadbaran City (18) and Dinagat Islands (15) with a total of 674.

Ages of cases ranged from less than one month old to 85 years old. Majority of cases were males (57.1 percent ). Most of them belong to “0” to “10” years age group (55.2 percent).

There were four deaths reported from the different disease reporting units region-wide during the period. Ages of deaths ranged from 4 years old to 85 years old, with a mean of 32. Majority of these deaths were male (75 percent). This is 60 percent lower compared to the same period of 2016. (PNA)