The incidence of dengue in the Philippines nearly doubled this year compared to last year, according to the Department of Health (DOH).
DOH data showed a total of 196,728 dengue cases were recorded from January 1 to November 5, 2022, indicating 191 percent rise compared to last year’s figure.
The DOH’s latest dengue surveillance report said the cases logged from January 1 to November 5, 2021 were 67,537, almost one-third of the dengue caseload this year.
The dengue death toll also went up this year at 642 from 247 in 2021. Still, the case fatality rate remained at 0.3 percent, the DOH report said.
Central Visayas topped the regions with most dengue fatalities at 98, followed by both Central Luzon and Western Visayas with 83 each, and the National Capital Region with 50.
Cumulatively, most of the dengue cases this year were reported in Central Luzon at 38,640.
Coming in second was the NCR with 22,666 cases, and Calabarzon with 16,575 cases.
A total of 602 dengue cases were also recorded nationwide from October 30 to November 5 alone.
During this period, NCR logged the highest number of cases at 222, followed by Central Visayas with 116, and Cagayan Valley with 71.