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Monday, July 26, 2010

Philippines : 23 dengue deaths in 5 provinces alarm health execs

Via Inquirer :

" At least 23 people, most of them children, have died of dengue fever in Cagayan Valley, Zamboanga City and Bicol region since January this year, reports from the Department of Health showed.

Health officials in Zamboanga City said the situation has become a cause for alarm.

Rodelin Agbulos, Zamboanga health officer, said at least 1,052 others had fallen ill due to the mosquito-borne disease since the start of the year.

“It has reached the alert level in Western Mindanao. The number of deaths is higher compared to 2008, during which we declared a dengue outbreak with eight deaths,” Agbulos said.

In Cagayan Valley, DOH officials have asked residents in the region to be vigilant to protect their families from mosquito-borne diseases, especially dengue, this rainy season.

DOH personnel have been sent to various parts of the region to conduct information campaign to prevent dengue fever as the agency reported six dengue deaths and 336 cases from January to June this year, said Floro Orata, regional DOH information officer."

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