By NewsDesk    @infectiousdiseasenews

Upon reporting a more than 400 percent increase in dengue fever cases in Iloilo City on Panay Island in the Philippines, Mayor Jerry P. Treñas signed on Monday an order declaring an outbreak in the metropolis.

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“The alarming increase of dengue cases in the city is continuing to rise everyday with more than three patients who are being positive for dengue test,” the mayor stated in the Executive Order.

He added that this highly-urbanized city has “reached an epidemic and alert thresholds as per standards of the Department of Health”.

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According to data from health officials, 868 cases including six deaths were recorded through July 13, a  416.7 percent increase when compared with the same period last year.

So far this year, the Philippines has seen approximately 116 thousand dengue fever cases and some 500 fatalities.

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