BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Dengue related deaths in Negros Occidental has risen to 29 as of October 29, according to a report of the Provincial Health Office.
Hinigaran topped the list of dengue related deaths at 4, followed by three each in Himamaylan City, Calatrava and Murcia, two each in Isabela and the cities of Talisay, Sagay and Silay, and one each in Toboso, La Carlota City, Manapla, Victorias City, Pontevedra, Bago City, La Castellana and EB Magalona, for the period from January 1 to October 29, PHO reports further showed.
Majority of the dengue victims had ages ranging from one to 10 years old.
Dengue cases in Negros Occidental have risen from 486 cases last year to currently 4,478 cases, an increase of 921.40 percent.
Dengue total attack rate for Negros Occidental is 189.25 cases per 100,000 population.
The PHO reports, however noted declining dengue cases over the past several weeks in Negros Occidental.
La Carlota City remains having highest number of cases at 392, while Pontevedra has the highest increase in percentage at 4,950 percent.
On the other hand, the Bacolod City Health Office also reported that dengue cases also increased to 890, which is 195.7 percent higher than the number of cases last year, which was 301 with three deaths.*