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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Philippines : Dengue death toll hits 62 in two Mindanao regions

Via GMA News :

" BUTUAN CITY : The dreaded dengue disease has already claimed the lives of 62 people this year in two regions in Mindanao, reports from regional Department of Health offices claimed.

Of the 4,932 cases recorded from January to September in Northern Mindanao (Region 10), with Cagayan de Oro City as the regional center, about 54 people have died, mostly minors, the DOH-10 report showed.

Meanwhile, suspected dengue cases in the Caraga region (Region 13) has already reached a total of 2,001, according to the DOH Center for Health Development (CHD), through its Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit.

According to Dr. Gerna Manatad, DOH-13 CHD Regional Epidemiologist, the figure was based on admission reports from the different disease-reporting hospitals in the region from January 1 to September 9.

This is 168% higher compared to the record of the same period last year which only had 746 cases, Manatad said."

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