By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

In an update on the dengue fever outbreak in the Philippines, health officials now report 414,532 cases through November 30. In addition, 1,546 dengue related deaths have been recorded.

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These numbers are significantly higher than the 222,849 cases including 1,122 deaths reported during the same period in 2018.

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On Aug. 6, the Philippines declared the country’s outbreak of dengue to be a national epidemic.

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Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection causing a severe flu-like illness and, sometimes causing a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue. Approximately, half of the world’s population is at risk and it affects infants, young children and adults. The incidence of dengue has increased 30-fold over the last 50 years. Up to 50-100 million infections are now estimated to occur annually in over 100 endemic countries, putting almost half of the world’s population at risk.