Press Release/ 13 July 2022
The Department of Health (DOH)- CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon) reported an increase in dengue cases in the region from January 1- July 9, 2022, with 5, 571 or 40% higher compared to the reported cases during the same period last year with 3,989 cases.
Most of the cases were from the Province of Laguna with 1, 806; followed by Rizal with 1, 161; Quezon with 987; Cavite with 802; Batangas with 745; and Lucena with 70 dengue cases.
According to the Regional Surveillance and Epidemiology Unit (RESU), dengue cases range from 2 to 60 years old. There were 12 deaths recorded.
Regional Director Ariel I. Valencia encouraged residents in every community to brace themselves because the rainy season is not over yet.
“Ito yung mga panahon na tumataas ang bilang nila, kaakibat na ito ng tag-ulan at pagbaba ng temperature- It’s their breeding season. Increased mobility is one of the causes seen to have contributed to the increase in dengue cases” he added.
Dengue fever spreads through the bite of an infected mosquito. Symptoms include a sudden onset of fever with severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, rash, easy bruising, and nose or gum bleeding. Dengue fever can progress to a hemorrhagic fever (DHF) which can be fatal if not managed immediately.
DOH has been reminding the public to follow the 4S strategy: search and destroy breeding places, secure self-protection, seek early consultation, and support fogging/spraying in hotspot areas to prevent an impending outbreak.