Health officials in the Central Visayas, Philippines are reporting some 6,399 cases and 47 deaths from January 1 to June 18 this year, an increase of 579 percent compared the same period last year (942 cases and five deaths).
The region’s largest city, Cebu City, accounts for 1,363 cases and 17 deaths, the most in the Central Visayas.
Cebu City is followed by Lapu-Lapu City with 982 cases and eight deaths, and Mandaue City with 396 cases and two deaths.
Children under the age of 15 are the most affected by the virus in this outbreak.
Dengue is a disease caused by a virus spread through mosquito bites. The disease can take up to 2 weeks to develop with illness generally lasting less than a week.
Health effects from dengue include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, muscle and joint pain, and minor bleeding.
Dengue can become severe within a few hours. Severe dengue is a medical emergency, usually requiring hospitalization.
In severe cases, health effects can include hemorrhage (uncontrolled bleeding), shock (seriously low blood pressure), organ failure, and death.