The Department of Health in Negros Oriental said yesterday that 13 persons have died due to dengue in the province since January 1 this year.
From January 1 to Dec. 2, the DOH, through its Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, also recorded 2,038 dengue cases province-wide.
This is 62 percent lower compared to the same period last year, with 5,364 cases and 38 deaths.
Ages of cases ranged from eight days to 90 years old, the DOH report said.
Majority of the cases were from Dumaguete City (20.8 percent), followed by Siaton (12.2 percent), Sibulan (10.3 percent), Guihulngan City (8.6 percent) and Bais City (6.5 percent).
Dengue deaths were reported at one each in Dumaguete, Siaton, Sibulan, Guihulngan, Bais, Bayawan, Canlaon, Tanjay, Zamboanguita, Manjuyod, Pamplona, Ayungon, and Basay.
Meanwhile, Dr. Socrates Villamor, provincial DOH head, said Tuesday afternoon that there were no recipients of the dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, in Negros Oriental.
This is because the vaccination program was only piloted in three regions in Luzon and in nearby Cebu, he said.
The Philippines has suspended the immunization of hundreds of children in these areas with the Dengvaxia marketed by a French company, Sanofi, after the latter said it could worsen the disease, especially in those that did not have prior dengue infection.*JFP/PNA
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