During the first nine months of 2014, health officials in the Philippines saw 82,000 cases of the mosquito borne viral disease, dengue fever, nationwide. With the massive surge in cases in recent months, Philippine officials now put the case tally so far in 2015 to over 100,000.
From 1 January to 3 October 2015, there were 108,263 suspected cases of dengue, including 317 deaths, reported in Philippines. This is 31.9% higher compared with the same reporting period in 2014 (n=82,049).
During the most recent week ending Oct. 3, more than 800 cases were reported.
All four dengue virus (DENV) serotypes have been detected in 2015.
Since the beginning of the year, Thailand health officials have reported a total of 98,403 cases from all 77 provinces. As of Oct. 25, 98 dengue related fatalities have been reported.
In Vietnam, government officials say that more than 14,000 dengue cases were reported in October alone. Since the beginning of this year, Vietnam has seen some 47,000 dengue fever patients, including 30 fatalities, compared with the respective figures of 23,400 and 17 in the same period last year, the country’s General Statistics Office has said.
Robert Herriman is a microbiologist and the Editor-in-Chief of Outbreak News Today and the Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch
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