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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Philippines : Dengue cases in CV rise 117% this year

Via Balita :

" CEBU CITY, Dec. 20 : Fewer than one percent of all dengue fever patients in Central Visayas died this year, but the total number of patients shot up by 117 percent from 2009’s figures, prompting health officials to urge people to keep their households clean and eliminate mosquito breeding places all year round.

The Department of Health (DOH) 7 has recorded 14,639 dengue fever cases and 111 deaths related to dengue from Jan. 1 to Dec. 4, 2010. The case fatality rate (CFR) stands at 0.8 percent.
In 2009, the Regional Epidemiological and Surveillance Unit (Resu) listed 6,752 cases, 77 deaths and a CFR of 1.1 percent.

The patients’ ages range from one year old to 89 years old, but the most affected are patients between six years old and 10 years old.

The dengue virus is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which breeds in clean and stagnant water.

Health officials have urged the people to eliminate breeding places of the mosquitoes, such as used old tires, dish drains, flower vases and ponds."

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