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Dengue fever makes deadly comeback in Eastern Visayas

PALO, LEYTE – Away from the focus that is drawn to the novel Corona Virus, Dengue fever in Eastern Visayas is making a comeback, not as widespread as compared to cases recorded last year, but not less virulent either.

Data from the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the Department of Health regional office shows that 1,197 dengue cases have already been reported from January 1 to February 8 this year.

This number of cases is lower by 41 percent if compared to 2021 cases that were reported last year over the same period.

At least two deaths of this fatal mosquito-borne illness have already been reported this year, while no death on the same period was recorded last year.

Based on the data of the epidemiology and surveillance unit, 643 or 54 percent of these reported cases were found confirmed dengue cases, 174 cases were considered probable and 382 were suspected dengue cases based on polymerase chain reaction or nonstructural protein test for dengue.

The RESU data added that a total of 599 cases have been reported in Leyte, including Tacloban City, accounting to half of the cases.

The same report added that 53 percent of the cases, or 632 of the patients were male. Cases of Dengue fever in Eastern Visayas reached epidemic levels last year. By Elmer Recuerdo

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