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Dengue cases down in Philippines, Most cases in Manila area

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Through early November 2016, the Philippines saw nearly 192,000 dengue fever cases on to consecutive years of more than 200,000 cases.

However, this year the numbers are down by a significant amount. According to Department of Health data, a total of 117,654 dengue cases were recorded nationally through Nov. 4. This is a decrease of 38.6 percent year to year.

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657 dengue-related deaths were recorded for this period.

The National Capital Region (NCR) accounted for the highest percentage of cases, followed by Central Luzon, CALABARZON and Central Visayas.

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).