More than 92,000 dengue cases in Philippines over past nine months

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Philippines Suffers 92,000 Known Dengue Cases in Past 9 Months – www.philippineslifestyle.com

The Department of Health says it has monitored 92,000 dengue cases nationwide in the past nine months.

So far seven regions have registered increased numbers of those who contracted the potentially deadly mosquito-borne disease.

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The study showed that from January 1, to September 19, 92,807 cases of dengue have been reported – a 23.5 per cent increase over this time last year.

The DOH reported a strong increase in Calabarzon and Central Luzon, including Metro Manila. Other hot-spots included Ilocos region, Norther Mindanao and Soccsksargen. 

Other regions with above average increases include Cagayan Valley, Central Visayas, Cordillera Autonomous Region and the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.

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Health Secretary Janette Garin has appealed to the public to remain vigilant against dengue despite the onset of the El Niño weather phenomenon.

She also underscored the need to keep surroundings clean and to properly dispose empty jars, cans and tires that could become breeding sites of the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

“It is not safe to be complacent even if there’s El Niño weather. We always have to observe cleanliness in the community to prevent the spread of dengue,” said Garin.

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