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Dahil takot na magpabakuna mga tao? DOH: 2019 a ‘big dengue year’

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No thanks to the hot and dry weather brought by El Nino, 2019 threatens to be a “big dengue year,” the Department of Health said.

The DOH said its Epidemiology Bureau (EB) has reported 48,634 dengue cases in the first quarter of 2019 with 184 deaths.

It said this was a major rise from the 23,328 cases with 150 deaths for the same period last year (http://northboundasia.com/2019/04/03/doh-expects-2019-as-big-dengue-year-cautions-public/).

DOH Undersecretary Enrique Domingo also noted a pattern of “one or two years of low cases,” then a rise in the third year.

Figures from the DOH EB showed Central Visayas has the highest number of cases this year with 5,421 followed by Metro Manila with 4,855 cases, Calabarzon with 4,851 cases, Caraga Region with 4,570 cases and Central Luzon with 4,009 cases.

Domingo said the cases are expected to rise in June which is the start of the rainy season, but added the disease could hit even during the dry season.

Besides, he said dengue-carrying mosquitoes breed in stagnant waters, such as those in clogged rain gutters, sewers and discarded tires.

Domingo added those who have been injected with the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia are still susceptible to the disease.

The DOH reminded the public to keep their surroundings dry and clean to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.