Dengue virus-carrying mosquito (File photo)

DUMAGUETE CITY – The province of Negros Oriental has recorded a lower number of dengue cases for the first 10 months of this year compared to the same period in 2020, based on a report of the Department of Health (DOH) here.

The report showed a total of 562 dengue cases in the province with zero deaths from January 1 to October 9.

The number is 75 percent lower than that of the same period last year which was 2,218 cases with four deaths.

Dumaguete City logged 126 cases followed by Siaton with 77; Guihulngan City, 72; Tanjay City, 37; Sibulan, 33; Bais City, 32; Zamboanguita, 29; Bayawan City, 22; La Libertad and Valencia, 15 each.

The rest of the towns and cities had fewer than 15 cases each.

The patients' ages range from four months to 87 years old.

Dr. Socrates Villamor, DOH-Negros Oriental chief, said the low incidence of dengue cases this year is attributed in part to the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, since people’s movements are controlled and regulated due to the quarantine restrictions. (PNA)