The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday, August 6, declared a national dengue epidemic; announcement came three weeks after the DOH issued a national dengue alert following a spike in reported cases of the mosquito-borne viral disease.

The Department of Health reports a total of 146,062 dengue cases from January to July 2019

Based on DOH data, Western Visayas had the highest number of cases, with 23,330 for the first 7 months of the year. This is followed by Calabarzon with 16,515, Zamboanga Peninsula with 12,317, Northern Mindanao with 11,455, and Soccsksargen with 11,083.

Two other regions have breached the epidemic threshold: Bicol region, which has had 3,470 cases in the last 3 weeks, and Eastern Visayas with 7,199 cases.

Health secretary Francisco Duque III said that declaring a national epidemic is important “to identify where a localized response is needed and to enable local government units to use their Quick Response Fund to address the epidemic situation.”

READ DOH Press Release