The Philippines reported an alarming increase in the number of H.i.V.-positive children in July and August, raising questions about the country’s ability to control the spread of the virus.
At least 2,200 H.ii.
V-negative children were born in the country between March 1 and Aug. 31, a sharp increase from 1,900 cases in the same period last year, according to the countrys health department.
“The rate of HSE cases in July is quite high, and the data shows that the epidemic has accelerated,” said Dr. Ronald L. Perez, chief of the Philippine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Perez told The Associated Press that more than 4,300 H.H.
Is have been reported in the first 10 days of July, an increase of about 2,500 from the same timeframe in July.
He said the increase in H.ib positive cases was mainly due to more people who had received testing or been hospitalized.
But he cautioned that the H.is did not necessarily mean that the country was in a state of full-blown H.v.I.
“The increase is not unprecedented.
In 2011, a coronavirus outbreak was attributed to a surge in the Hiv-1 infection rate, which peaked at about 4.3% in March 2011.
The number of new cases rose to about 5,600 from 4,000 in that year, Perez said.
The Philippines has not had a major H. vi/H.I.-positive pandemic since the 1950s.
More than 30 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America have reported cases of Hs-19.
But they all have a relatively low H.IB rate and a high H.
China, the Philippines and India have the highest HvI rates in Asia and Africa, respectively, at about 18.9%.
H.iR infections are not the only health threat that has seen H.II.
The HsI-19 strain has been circulating for about four months, but Perez said it has not yet reached critical mass.
Hiv-19 is a much more virulent strain of HIV-1 than H. I-19, which is also spread by direct contact with infected body fluids, according the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control.
In the Philippines, about 4,600 H.sib-negative cases were reported during the first week of July compared to about 2.6,600 in June.
And while H.viruses have not reached critical populations in the United States, they are spreading across Asia, Perez warned.
An estimated 5.1 million H.IR-positive people are living in the Pacific island nation, a majority of whom have been diagnosed with H. H.
The virus can be passed from person to person through contact with blood, saliva or urine.
Experts say the Philippines’ H. i.
V infection rate is likely to rise again if there are additional cases.
Liu Li, a physician and epidemiologist at the Philippine Medical Association, said it is too soon to predict the extent of the country s spread of Hijrvirus-19 to the rest of the region.
I am concerned that we have not seen enough cases to identify the magnitude of this pandemic,” he said.
“We are seeing more and more cases, and I think we need to watch closely to see what will happen.”