By NewsDesk    @infectiousdiseasenews

In the Western Visayas region of the Philippines, the governor of Iloilo province announced he will issue an executive order declaring an outbreak in the province.

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According to the data of the Provincial Health Office from January 1 to June 28, the province has already recorded 3,897 cases of dengue. This is 788 percent higher than the 439 cases recorded in the same period last year.

Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. said, “The practical consequence of the declaration, we will trigger the use of the calamity fund. Right now, it is not a problem because when we checked the budget, we still have the source of emergency purchase to address the curative aspect of dengue”.

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During the regular meeting of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP-Iloilo), all of the 43 mayors of the local government units of the province agreed to conduct province-wide clean-up drive that will be held every Saturday starting July 6.

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Nationally as of June 15, officials reported a cumulative number of 92,267 cases with 398 deaths. This is higher compared to 50,145 cases with 275 deaths reported during the same period last year.

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