Philippines health officials reported an additional nearly 800 dengue fever cases during the week ending April 20, bringing the cumulative total to 67,106 cases with 277 deaths.
This is almost double compared to 35,247 cases with 193 deaths reported during the same time period of 2018.
Elsewhere in Asia, Vietnam has reported a total of 57,880 cases with three deaths, an increase of 3.3 times compared to the same period in 2018 (17,809 cases including four deaths).
Dengue infects nearly 400 million people across more than 120 countries each year. Most survive with few or no symptoms, but more than two million annually develop what can be a dangerous dengue hemorrhagic fever, which kills more than 25,000 people each year.
Dengue viruses are arboviruses (arthropod-borne virus) that are transmitted primarily to humans through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.
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