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Dengue cases near 100,000 in the Philippines, dramatic decrease from last year

The Philippines reported more than 200,000 dengue fever cases during the past two years (2015 and 2016) being among the highest in Asia.

However, there is some good news in 2017. During the first nine months of the year, health officials have reported a total of 97,287 dengue cases including 526 deaths.

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This number is 41.8% lower (167,102) than that for the same period in 2016.

Related: Ayoko sa Lamok: Filipino youth’s battle against dengue fever

Dengue is a viral infection transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. There are four closely related but antigenically different serotypes of the virus that can cause dengue (DEN1, DEN 2, DEN 3, DEN 4).

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