The Negros Occidental Health Surveillance System report covering January to September shows dengue and bacterial meningitis as the top killers in the province.
But while the number of dengue cases have reached 5,588 this year, which is 660 percent higher than last year, cases have been dropping in recent weeks, Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, Provincial Health Officer, said yesterday.
From a high of 475 cases on week 27, dengue cases have dropped to 109 on week 36, he said. On week 37 dengue cases were down to 79, on week 38 they were 54 and on week 39, there were only 39 cases, he said.
He attributed the drop to a massive information drive against the spread of dengue.
Meanwhile, the NOCHESS report said of the 57 deaths it recorded this year dengue accounted for 19, bacterial meningitis 15, non-neonatal tetanus 8, typhoid -7, leptospirosis 4, acute viral hepatitis 2, and one each from acute encephalitis syndrome and diphtheria.
The top ten diseases with the most number of cases were dengue 5,527, typhoid- 1,251, acute viral hepatitis 149, bacterial meningitis 95, influenza-like illness -70, leptospirosis - 56, measles - 40, non neonatal tetanus 28, acute bloody diarrhea 21 and acute encephalitis syndrome and acute flaccid paralysis tied with four each.*CPG