The Department of Health (DOH) stated that over 48,000 dengue cases have already been reported nationwide as of March 16, 2019.
Basing from the latest data from the DOH-Epidemiology Bureau, there were around 48,634 dengue cases, which includes 184 fatalities, reported in the period of January 1 to March 16.
The figure is higher compared to the 28,328 cases, including 150 deaths, recorded during the same period last year.
Central Visayas was sought to have the higher number of cases with 5,421; in pursuit by the National Capital Region (NCR) with 4,855; Calabarzon with 4,815; Caraga with 4,570; and Central Luzon with 4,009.
DOH distinguished that the most affected age group is the five to nine years old with 12,424 cases.
The health department added that a total of 65 barangays in 35 cities and municipalities in the country have been identified as dengue “hotspots.”
These dengue hotspots are defined as areas when there is bunching and snowballing number of cases for two consecutive weeks.