Dengue cases in Davao City now at 10,326
DAVAO CITY – The Department of Health (DOH-11) said that as of December 11, 2013, the number of dengue cases in the region reached 10, 326.
The agency also confirmed that 61 deaths have been recorded. Meanwhile, fatality rate is at 0.6 percent.
Among the region 11 provinces, Davao City leads with 6,314 cases and 32 deaths, followed by Davao Oriental with 1,204 cases and three deaths, Davao del Sur with 1,031 cases and 13 deaths, Compostela Valley with 1,016 cases and eight deaths, and Davao del Norte with 761 cases and five deaths.
However, Mary Divene C. Hilario, officer-in-charge of the DOH-Human Advocacy Promotion, said the spread of the disease is not yet considered an outbreak.
“It will be called an outbreak if the cases can be found only in one place but as far as the status of dengue cases are concern this falls to an alarming rate since the cases were distributed to the different areas of the region,” she said.
She urged the public to keep on doing the 4 o’clock habit in order to avoid the spread of the disease.
The 4 o’clock habit or “stop, look and listen” is a program of DOH that helped in keeping the public focused on the safety of their health especially in avoiding dengue. (Cherry Palicte)