Negros Occidental logged 953 dengue cases from January to June 4 this year, or an increase of 453 percent, compared to 182 cases in the same period last year, the Provincial Health Office reported.
A Dengue Fever Surveillance report from the PHO also showed that the attack rate in the province is 36.6 cases per 100,000 population, with La Carlota City posting the highest attack rate of 9.4 cases per 10,000 population.
PHO reported that the top five LGUs with the highest number of dengue cases are Himamaylan City with 88; Hinigaran and Kabankalan City, 84; San Carlos City, 81; and La Carlota City, 65.
Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, earlier said that Hinigaran is now at the dengue epidemic threshold.
Negros Occidental has been declared by Tumimbang at the alert threshold level for dengue cases.
The dengue death toll remains at five.
Actions taken by the PHO include a weekly surveillance of cases from all hospitals and LGUs, investigation of suspected dengue deaths and cases, and recommendations to declare outbreaks in LGUs that have reached the criteria for epidemics./GB