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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Philippines : Climate change affects rise in dengue cases

Via PIA :

" Baguio City (26 June) : With the observance of the Dengue Awareness Month in June, the Department of Health reported increase in dengue cases in the region due to climate change.

DOH Entomologist Ursula Segundo said that the DOH has recorded a 90 percent increase in the cases of dengue in the Cordillera region compared to the same period last year.

From January 1 to June 12 this year, a total of 550 cases has been recorded in the different surveillance units in the region.

Segundo reported that Ifugao and Mountain Province have the most number of increases with 187 and 97 cases respectively.

Benguet recorded 72 cases, Apayao with 63, Baguio- 57, Kalinga with 27, Abra with 26. 21 cases were brought to the hospitals of the region from neighboring places. Baguio City has a decrease in dengue cases."

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