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Dengue kills 49 in Negros Occidental

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A total of 49 dengue deaths were recorded in Negros Occidental from January 1 to August 24, 2019, according to the Provincial Health Office (PHO).

As of Morbidity Week 34, PHO noted that Kabankalan City, which has the highest cases of dengue favor at 972, has reported six deaths; followed by Himamaylan City with five.

Other fatalities were recorded in Cadiz City, San Carlos City and Cauayan, four each; Sagay City and Bago City, three each; Hinoba-an, Salvador Benedicto, Candoni, and Escalante City, two each; San Enrique, Hinigaran, E.B. Magalona, La Castellana, Manapla, Victorias City, La Carlota City, Calatrava, Binalbagan, Talisay City, Silay City, and Murcia, one each. (https://www.panaynews.net/negocc-dengue-deaths-rise-to-49/)

PHO head Ernell Tumimbang said he considers the increase in deaths as “bad news.”

The fatality rate, however, is still at 0.7 percent of the total cases, which is below the 1 percent allowable level, said Tumimbang.

“Despite that, we still need to work to bring the deaths down. I hope it will not reach 1 percent,” he added.

Negros Occidental has a total of 7,208 dengue cases as of August 24, higher by 67 percent from the same period in 2018.