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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Philippines : Dengue epidemic declared in Davao Sur

Via Inquirer :

" DIGOS CITY : A dengue epidemic has been declared in Davao del Sur following the continuing increase in the number of patients stricken ill by the mosquito-borne disease.

Doctor Azucena Dayanghirang, provincial health chief, said Tuesday that the staggering number of victims – with nine deaths from January to July in this city alone – had prompted health officials to declare a dengue epidemic.

Dayanghirang said nearly 700 more people have fallen ill and hospitals are already congested with dengue patients.

Most patients came from this city. Doctors said what baffles them is the rate by which the virus is spreading.

A doctor, who requested anonymity, said former dengue-free villages in the province are now reporting cases of the mosquito-borne disease."

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