Health officials in Iloilo have announced that there has been 743 cases of dengue fever in the province since 1 January 2013, reported 17 May 2013. The number of dengue cases recorded this year is up by 183% compared to the same period in 2012. Of the 743 cases recorded, six have ended in death, with the majority being young children. Most of the cases were recorded in the towns of Janiuay, Banate, Oton and Cabatuan.
(Global Dispatch 5/18/2013)
The total number of dengue cases in Singapore reached the 7,000 mark as of 3pm on 17 May 2013. This is higher than the total number of cases reported for the whole of 2012 and in 2011. There were 4,632 cases reported in 2012 and 5,330 reported in 2011.
There has been however, a slight dip in the number of cases reported during the week ending 17 May 2013. There were 510 cases reported in the week ending 17 May 2013as of 3pm, compared to 562 the week ending 10 May 2013.
Of the 7,000 cases, 159 are in construction sites. That is more than double the number reported in 2012. There were 71 cases reported in construction sites in 2012, about 1.5% of total dengue cases in 2012. This makes up 2.3% of the total dengue cases reported.
Ho Ngok Yong, president of SCAL, said: “We want to make sure that, preferably 0% because all our construction sites now, you can see these buildings, are very near to residential places. Proximity is very close. Any outbreak therefore will affect residents.” Derek Ho, director-general of public health at National Environment Agency, said: “We’ve only found about 5% of breeding habitats that’s from construction sites. In fact the majority of breeding habitats are still within homes, about 70% of the breeding sites. But we think it’s very important that all stakeholders in the community do their part to eradicate potential mosquito breeding habitats.”
There were about 638 mosquito breeding sites found in construction sites so far in 2013. A total of 722 sites were found in construction sites in 2012. The association has mobilised more than 150 construction sites to join the fight against dengue. It has adopted several practices to prevent mosquito breeding at its premises. These include levelling uneven ground to prevent water from collecting and spraying oil on drainage areas.
(Channel NewsAsia 5/18/2013)
As of 5 May 2013, there have been 26,000 dengue fever patients with the number of deaths recorded from the mosquito-borne disease at 33, higher than 2012, according to Dr. Wichai Satimai, an expert of the Department of Disease Control. He said regarding dengue fever that now, on average, infections rose to 2,000 every two weeks with three to four deaths. The most vulnerable group was children aged below 15 years old.
According to the information, about 90% of dengue infections showed no symptoms. However, he said it is believed that the number of dengue fever patients is likely to increase as the rainy season nears. If anyone has s high fever for two consecutive days, they should see a doctor as delayed medical consulting and diagnosis underlying the disease contributed to most deaths from the fever, he said.
Most of Thailand’s patients and deaths were found in the southern region, followed by the northeastern region. The public health ministry has worked with the health department and the Office of Basic Education Commission to eradicate mosquitoes at home and in school.
Viet Nam (Phu Yen)
The incidence of dengue fever has been increasing in the central province of Phu Yen, with 536 people contracting the disease as of 17 May in 2013. In the first quarter alone hospitals received 344 cases, 7.6 times higher than the same period in 2012. Local health authorities are taking measures to contain the disease.
(Viet Nam News 5/17/2013)