Dengue kills 18 in Western Visayas

Dengue deaths in Western Visayas have so far reached 18 this year, data from the Department of Health (DOH-6) showed.

The number was recorded by the health department from January to May.

Dengue cases in the region increased by 27 percent. The DOH registered a total of 2,622 cases in the first five months of the year, higher compared to 2,059 in the same period a year ago.

The province of Negros Occidental posted the highest cases of dengue with 1,240. It was followed by Bacolod City, 337; Aklan, 259; Iloilo province, 294; Antique, 197; Capiz, 142; Iloilo City, 90; and Guimaras 15.

Most of the dengue patients were children aged 1 to 10 years old.

Dr. Maria Julia Villanueva, DOH-6 assistant regional director, said the rise in the number of dengue cases in the region was due the increased breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Dengue, according to the World Health Organization, “is a mosquito-borne viral infection causing a severe flu-like illness and, sometimes causing a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue.”

Its symptoms include fever, severe pain, headache, nausea, vomiting and skin rashes. IMT