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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Philippines : Dengue deaths, cases in east Visayas double

Via Inquirer :

"TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines : Alarmed over the rising cases of dengue fever in Eastern Visayas, the Department of Health (DOH) has called on the local government units and the community to take steps to prevent the spread of the disease.

The DOH-8 records showed that the region registered 3,367 dengue fever cases with 31 deaths since January until this week.

The figures were already way above the 1,279 dengue fever cases with 14 fatalities recorded in 2009.

Dr. Nicolas Bautista, chief of the DOH-8 regional surveillance service unit, on Tuesday said the number of deaths caused by dengue fever and persons afflicted with the disease would increase if the LGUs and the residents did nothing to help in their drive against the disease.

“These are preventable deaths. Our call is for our people and local government units to help us in our campaign which is to clean our surroundings,” Bautista said."

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