THE Department of Health (DOH) disclosed on Friday that for the first eight months of 2015, Dengue cases have risen by 9.15% from the same period last year.
According to DOH Spokesperson Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, the total number of cumulative cases from January to August 8 is at 55,079, which is higher than the 50,462 cases in 2014.
The data from the DOH ranked Region IV-A at number one with 15.2 percent, followed by Region III with 13 percent, National Capital Region (NCR) with 11.1 percent, Region X with 8.7 percent, and Region II with 7.5 percent.
Lee Suy noted that although the cases “did not happen at the same place, at the same time,” the figures showed the scope of suspected dengue cases has expanded.
Dengue fever or Dengue hemorrhagic fever, as defined by DOH, is caused by any of the four serotypes of dengue virus (types 1, 2, 3, and 4) which is transmitted through the bite of a female Aedes mosquito.
Vaccination against Dengue is currently in the works, according to Lee Suy, and it is already in the process of registration.
The DOH is hopeful the vaccine will be launched and ready to be distributed by next year.
Lee Suy reminded everyone to store and seal water properly amid the rotating water interruptions.
“If we’re not sure of the source of the water, lalo na kung iinumin, i-boil natin para mamatay yung mga mikrobyo [at]maproktesyunan tayo ng mga possible na sakit brought by microorganisms na makikita sa tubig [If we’re not sure of the source of the water, especially if it’s for drinking, make sure we boil it in order to destroy the microorganisms that cause the disease],” he said.
“Kung mag-iimbak ng tubig, you store them properly – cover them properly, at siguraduhing di siya magiging breeding site ng mosquito na pwedeng mag-transmit ng infection [If you’re going to store water, you store them properly – cover them properly and make sure it doesn’t become a breeding site of mosquitoes that could transmit the infection],” he added.
Residents could resort to storing water in containers, as several barangays covered by Maynilad will experience 12-hour rotating water interruptions in the coming months because of the limited water supply brought by the ongoing El Niño.