Dengue cases in Caraga exceed 2000th mark
Butuan City (15 September) -- Suspected Dengue cases in Caraga region has reached a total of 2001, as reported by the Department of Health Center for Health Development ? Caraga Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, in its "Disease Surveillance Report" during the period of its 36th Morbidity Week, from September 5-11, this year.
The figure, according to Dr. Gerna Manatad, DOH-13 CHD Regional Epidemiologist said in a press conference this morning, was based on admission reports from the different disease reporting hospitals in the region from January 1-September 9, 2010. This is 168% higher compared to the record of the same period last year which only had 746 cases.
She assured however that even with 8 deaths already recorded due to the disease, no "Dengue Outbreak" was declared anywhere in the region. The data gathered from the reports reaching their office tends to show that the cases of the said mosquito-borne disease here in the region fall below the epidemic threshold. The assessment of the places affected by the disease, Dr. Manatad said, were also done down to the barangay level and that so far no barangay was declared "dengue hot spot" based on their monitoring of the frequency of the suspected dengue cases for the past two weeks from August 29-September 19. They only had monitored a barangay in Butuan City with three suspected cases during the period and that is Brgy. Libertad.
Butuan City still topped the list as to the number of cases with (668), followed by Agusan del Sur (400); Surigao del Norte (209); Bislig City (162); Surigao City (152); Agusan del Norte (135); Surigao del Sur (134); Bayugan City (69); Cabadbaran City (33); Dinagat Islands (24) and Tandag City (15).
The deaths came from Cabadbaran (1); Magallanes, Agusan del Norte (1); San Francisco, Surigao del Norte (1); Surigao City (2); Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte (1); Malimono, Surigao del Norte (1) and Bayugan City (1).
The ages of the victims ranges from 2 months old to 84 yers old with majority of the cases were male (52%). Foty-two percent of the cases belonged to 0 to 10 years age group. (Noel B. Najarro, The Butuan Star/PIA-Caraga) [top]