The number of dengue cases in Western Visayas has been on the rise, with the Department of Health (DOH) in Region 6 recording an increasing number of cases in recent weeks.
According to a report by the DOH Region 6 that was released on February 15, the number of cases recorded from January to February 4 has increased to 569, with 7 deaths reported during that same timeframe. This marks a 172% increase in confirmed cases compared to the 209 cases reported during the same period in 2022.
Negros Occidental was identified by the regional health bureau as having the highest number of recorded cases at 150, with 12 new cases reported from January 29 to February 4. As per the report, one confirmed fatality was also recorded in both the province and Bacolod City.
The DOH added that 50% of the total cases were among children aged between 0 and 10 years old.
Meanwhile, Iloilo province logged 116, Aklan – 81, Antique -64, Bacolod City – 52, Iloilo City – 51, Capiz – 43, and Guimaras – 12.
The DOH said clustering of cases were noted in 23 barangays around the region. Brgy. So-oc in Arevalo, Iloilo City has been tagged as a “hotspot area” due to clustering of Dengue cases and reported death, the report added.