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The Epidemiology Bureau of the Philippines Department of Health reports 27,670 total dengue fever cases through March 18 this year. This is an increase of 94 percent compared to 14,278 cases during the same period in 2022.

Fifteen of the 17 Philippine regions are reporting increases in dengue with the MIMAROPA region reporting the largest increase (665%), followed by SOCCSKSARGEN (342%) and the Davao region (159%).

Only the Bicol region (-3%) and the Central Visayas (-5%) have reported decreases in dengue year to date.

92 dengue-related fatalities have been reported so far.

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The Philippines reported 226,497 dengue cases and 737 deaths in 2022. In 2021, 79,592 cases and 286 deaths were reported.

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.

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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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