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Health officials in the Davao Region of the Philippines (DOH-11) is reporting an increase in dengue cases in the region.

philippines From the beginning of the year through July, 8,681 dengue cases with 28 deaths have been reported in the Davao Region–this includes Davao City (3,480), Davao del Norte (1,947), Davao de Oro (1,099), Davao del Sur (909), Davao Oriental (831) and Davao Occidental (415).

Of the deaths, Davao City saw the most with nine, followed by Davao del Norte with eight.

DOH-11 director, Dr. Annabelle Yumang said, “There is an increase in cases. In 2022, we only have 4,559 cases. This time, we are just halfway through the year and we have already doubled our figures in dengue cases.”

Yumang emphasized the need to intensify the 4S campaign to further prevent the cases from mounting.

The “4S” strategy includes searching and destroying mosquito breeding places, seeking early consultation, self-protection methods, and support to fogging operations in areas where an increase in cases is registered for two consecutive weeks.

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.

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In severe cases, health effects can include hemorrhage (uncontrolled bleeding), shock (seriously low blood pressure), organ failure, and death.

Nationally, through July 15, the Philippines Department of Health (DOH) has reported 80,318 total dengue fever cases, including 299 deaths.

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