The Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) in Antique in the Western Visayas of the Philippines report 1,174 dengue cases, including four deaths during the first six months of 2022.
The cases increased by 431 percent when compared with the 221 cases in the same period last year.
The three towns with the most number of cases are San Jose de Buenavista with 262, Sibalom with 237, including one death, and Hamtic with 148, including two deaths.
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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.
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