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Thursday, August 18, 2011

6-year-old from Rizal province latest dengue fatality

Via GMA News :

" A six-year-old, dengue-stricken girl from Cainta town in Rizal province died in a hospital in Quezon City Wednesday night.

One of the latest fatalities of the deadly disease, the girl died at 8:18 p.m. in the pediatric ICU ward of the Quirino Memorial Medical Center (QMMC), radio dzBB's Allan Gatus reported early Thursday.

QMMC director Dra. Angeles de Leon did not name the girl, who she said was brought to the hospital already in critical condition at 12:05 a.m. Wednesday.

De Leon said the hospital staff did everything possible to save the girl, who she said had been suffering from fever for three days before she was brought to the hospital.

The dzBB report said the girl was first brought to a private hospital in Taytay in Rizal before being brought to the QMMC.

At the time, she complained of stomach pains and vomiting, the report added.

A separate report on dzBB said the QMMC is now handling at least 106 dengue cases, including 13 children brought there in the last 24 hours – the last at 4 a.m. Thursday.

Five children are now at the pediatric ICU, the report added.

At least 226 deaths

Data from the World Health Organization's Western Pacific Regional Office showed that as of the week ending August 6, the Philippines has recorded 38,876 cases.

Of these, there have been 226 deaths, "with higher activity in June 2011 relative to May 2011."

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