Dengue cases drop but deaths rise to 20


ROXAS City – Dengue cases in Capiz are continuously decreasing; dengue-caused deaths, however, rose to 20.

The latest fatality was a 10-year-old girl from Brgy. Davao here. She died in the Saint Anthony College Hospital on October 6.

Only 22 new dengue cases in the province were recorded from September 26–October 2, dropping to 20 new cases the following week, according to the CapizEpidemiological Surveillance and Response Unit (CESRU) of the Provincial Health Office (PHO).

There were only 237 cases last month compared to the 1,059 cases in August, the PHO-CESRU.
Dengue cases last month were lower than the 280 cases in June, records showed.

Capiz posted the highest number of dengue cases on August, prompting the provincial government to declare the entire province under a state of calamity.

From January to September this year, dengue cases in Capiz already reached 2,787 with 19 deaths.

Of the total cases, Roxas City posted the highest number with 961 followed by Dao with 225 cases.

More than 100 cases each were recorded in the towns of Panitan, Pontevedra, Panay, Maayon, President Roxas, Pilar and Dumalag.

Sapian town has the lowest number of dengue cases — only 46 from January to October 2 this year.

Cleanliness in every household and community, coupled with multi-sectoral cooperation and support is needed to prevent the further spread of the disease, the PHO stressed./PN