Dengue in Philippines on the rise even as deaths decrease


The number of dengue cases in the Philippines is on the rise reaching 78,800 in the first nine months of the year and resulting in 233 deaths, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday.

Although the number infected is about 15,000 more than over the same period last year, the number of deaths is lower than 2014’s 297 fatalities in the first nine months.

The Health Department will give insecticide-treated screens to public schools identified as high risk for the mosquito-borne infection, spokesman Lyndon Lee Suy said in a radio interview Monday.

Presidential spokesman Herminio Coloma on Sunday said that despite the hike in the number of dengue cases in seven regions, cases in 10 other regions declined.

“The DOH will continue to give assistance in the hospitals in these areas to improve their capabilities in giving immediate medical attention to the dengue patients,” Coloma said.

Dengue is usually characterized by high fever, severe headache, rashes around the body and pain in the muscles.