DOH: Fewer leptospirosis, dengue cases this year

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Latest News Philippines: DOH: Fewer leptospirosis, dengue cases this year –

THE Department of Health has reported fewer dengue and leptospirosis cases from January to June this year, compared to the same period last year.

Based on the report from the DoH-National Epidemiology Center, dengue cases from January 1 to June 15 numbered 45,037, 2.8 percent lower than last year’s 46,336 cases, while a total of 498 leptospirosis cases were reported, 75.61 percent lower compared to the number of cases from the same period last year.

The DoH said there were 204 deaths due to dengue and 40 people died from leptospirosis.

Most of the dengue cases were reported in Region VII, followed by Region VI, Region IV-A, Region XI and Regions XII. Ages of dengue cases ranged from less than one month to 98 years old, with majority of cases males belonging to the one to 10 years age group.

Meanwhile, most leptospirosis cases came from Region XI, then Regions VI, II, III and the National Capital Region. Ages of leptospirosis cases ranged from three to 83 years old. Majority of them were male and the age group mostly affected was between 21 to 31 years old.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona said dengue and leptospirosis are rainy season diseases and advised the public to get rid of unused containers that could store rainwater and by not wading in floodwaters.                    Jester Manalastas


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