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In a follow-up on the dengue fever situation in the Philippines, the Department of Health reports 82,597 cases as of July 16, a 106 percent increase compared with the same period last year.

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Central Luzon has reported the most cases with 13,449 cases or 16 percent of the total, followed by Central Visayas with 8,905 or 11 percent, and the National Capital Region (NCR) with 6,884 or 8 percent of the total.

The dengue fever death toll this year has eclipsed the 300 mark with 319 fatalities.

Dengue is a viral infectious disease that is spread through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. Patients may experience symptoms such as fever, red rash on the skin, headache, pain in the back of the eyes, joint pain, muscle pain, bleeding under the skin, nose, and gums.