By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

The Cebu City Health Department has recorded 1,075 dengue fever cases year-to-date, up slightly compared to the same period in 2018 (916).

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This is prompted Cebu City Councilor David Tumalak to call on local officials to be prepared and to intensify information campaigns on dengue and other water-borne diseases with the rainy season present.

Province-wide, Cebu has seen 5,965 dengue cases and 36 fatalities.

Earlier this week, the Department of Health declared a National Dengue Alert as countrywide totals of the mosquito-borne viral disease reached 106,000 cases, including 456 deaths.

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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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