In a follow-up on the dengue situation in the Philippines, the Philippines Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday the country’s tally has surpassed 90,000 cases.
From January 1 to July 23 this year, 92,343 dengue cases have been recorded. This is 118 percent higher than the figure in the same period in 2021 (42,294).
Regions reporting the most cases include Central Luzon with 15,951 or 17 percent; Western Visayas, 9,429 or 10 percent; and the National Capital Region (NCR), 7,962 or 9 percent.
In addition, a total of 344 deaths due to dengue were reported nationwide, up from 319 in our last report.
Dengue fever is caused by four related dengue viruses (DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3, DEN-4) that are related to the viruses that cause West Nile infection and yellow fever.
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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