By NewsDesk @bactiman63
Health officials in Negros Oriental, Philippines report a 75 percent decrease in dengue fever cases during the first nine-plus months of 2021 compared to the same period last year.
From January 1 to October 9, a total of 562 dengue cases and no deaths were reported in Negros Oriental. This compares with the same period last year which was 2,218 cases with four deaths.
Dumaguete City reported the most cases in the province this year with 126, followed by Siaton (77), Guihulngan City (72) and Tanjay City (37).
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.