Dengue cases  soar to 160,000  with 661 deaths
Published on: Sunday, August 11, 2019

MANILA: The number of dengue cases has soared to more than 160,000, the highest in the last five years, with 661 fatalities so far, an official of the Department of Health (DOH) said.

Undersecretary Eric Domingo noted the DOH-Epidemiology Bureau had documented a total of 12,880 cases in barely a week from July 21 to 27, which brought the total number to 167,606 patients since Jan 1.

“This is the highest in the last five years. This is also 98 per cent higher than the cases during the same period in 2018. That’s why this is the first time that we declared a national dengue epidemic,” Domingo said.

The figure will likely breach the 216,190 cases recorded in the entire 2018.  


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