The Philippines Department of Health (DOH) in the Caraga Region of northeastern Mindanao has reported in excess of 3,000 dengue fever cases so far this year, according to a Mindanao Examiner report Sunday.

Aedes mosquito
Aedes aegypti image/CDC

At least a dozen people has died due to infection with the mosquito borne virus. Health officials say the number of cases continue to rise in the region.

Caraga is an administrative region of the Philippines, on the northeastern portion of the island of Mindanao. It is also designated as Region XIII.

It is comprises four provinces, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur.

According to DOH data, Agusan del Sur has the most cases with 752 and followed by Butuan with 732 dengue cases. 

Dengue fever is an infectious disease carried by mosquitoes and caused by any of four related dengue viruses. This disease used to be called “break-bone fever” because it sometimes causes severe joint and muscle pain that feels like bones are breaking.

People get the dengue virus from the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. It is not contagious from person to person. For more infectious disease news and informationvisit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page

There are three types of dengue fever in order of less severe to most: the typical uncomplicated dengue fever, dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHS) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS). Looking for a job in health care? Check here to see what’s available

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates there may be 50–100 milliondengue infections worldwide every year. However, new research from the University of Oxford and the Wellcome Trust, using cartographic approaches, estimate there to be 390 million dengue infections per year worldwide.