Philippines health officials have reported an 163 percent increase in dengue fatalities in 2022 to date, recording 613 deaths through October 22, compared to 233 deaths reported during the same period in 2021.
Concerning total cases, authorities have reported 187,560 dengue cases, up from 64,126 cases reported last year during the same time–a 192% difference.
The Central Visayas region has seen the most fatalities with 94, followed by the Western Visayas (81), Central Luzon (78) and Metro Manila (47).
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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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