By NewsDesk @bactiman63
The number of dengue fever cases reported in the Philippines this year has eclipsed 200,000, according to the latest data from the Epidemiology Bureau of the Department of Health.
From January 1 to November 12, 201,509 cumulative cases have been reported nationally, a 190 percent increase compared to the same period in 2021 (69,505).
The death toll is up 161 percent this year as 656 fatalities have been recorded.
Regions reporting the most cases include Central Luzon (40,011), Metro Manila (23,330), Calabarzon (17,046) and the Central Visayas (16,542).
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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