DENGUE cases in the country have nearly doubled during the first two months of 2023 as compared to the same period as last year.

Based on the latest Disease Surveillance Report of the Department of Health (DOH), there are already 21,941 cases of dengue being reported for the period of January 1 to March 4.

The number is 95 percent higher compared to the 11,272 dengue cases reported during the same period last year.

Having the highest number of dengue cases recorded are in the National Capital Region (3,263), Central Luzon (2,576), Calabarzon (2,204), Davao Region (2,103) and Northern Mindanao (2,029).

Seeing the highest increase when compared to 2022 are Mimaropa (639 percent; 209 to 1,544), Soccsksargen (362 percent; 318 to 1,436), and National Capital Region (154 percent; 1,283 to 3,263).

In contrast, there are fewer deaths due to dengue reported this year with 69 or a case fatality rate (CFR) of 0.31 percent.

Comparatively, there were more deaths in 2022 during the same period at 88 or a 0.78 percent CFR.

Having the most deaths caused by the mosquito-borne disease are Mimaropa with nine, followed by Central Luzon, Western Visayas and Soccsksargen with seven each.

Dengue is a virus that is transmitted by the day-biting aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

In a bid to prevent dengue, the DOH has repeatedly urged the public to practice the “4S” strategy, or Search and Destroy breeding places; Secure self-protection; Seek early consultation; and Support fogging/spraying in hotspot areas. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)