By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

In a follow-up on the dengue fever situation in the Philippines in 2022, country health authorities report 160,594 cumulative cases through September 10, a 189 percent increase over the number of cases reported during the same period in 2021 (55,650).

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Central Luzon accounts for 20 percent of the cases nationally with 31,730. This is followed by the National Capital Region, which includes the city of Manila with 16,413 cases, and the Central Visayas, which includes Cebu, with 13,740 cases.

Health officials also report that dengue-related fatalities have risen to 507 total. The Central Visayas has reported the most deaths with 84, followed by Central Luzon with 71.

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The Cagayan valley region is the region reporting the greatest increase, as a percentage, reporting a 2192 percent increase in cases (571 cases reported in 2021 through Sept. 10 vs 13,085 cases reported in 2022 through Sept. 10).

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.