Dengue cases for the first eight months of 2015 have risen by 9.15 percent from those recorded in the same period last year, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Friday.
According to the DOH spokesman, Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, the total number of cumulative cases as of January to August 8 is 55,079, which is higher compared to the 50,462 cases in 2014.
Region IV-A ranked first with 15.2 percent, followed by Region III with 13 percent, National Capital Region (NCR or Metro Manila) 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 data showed that the scope of dengue cases has expanded.
Dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever, as defined by DOH, are caused by any of the four serotypes of dengue virus (types 1, 2, 3 and 4) that are transmitted when one is bitten by the female Aedes mosquito.
A dengue vaccination is in the works, and according to Lee Suy, it is already in the process of registration and that the DOH is hopeful that the vaccine will be launched and ready to be distributed by next year.
He reminded everyone to store and seal water properly amid expected rotating water interruptions.
“If we’re not sure of the source of the water, [especially drinking water], boil [it to rid it of microbes so that we will be protected from]microorganisms [present in the water],” Lee Suy said.
“[If you will store water], you store it properly, cover it properly, [and be sure that it won’t be a]breeding site [of]mosquitoes [that can transmit]infection,” he added.