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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Davao, Philippines dengue fever cases increase 150%

Article via Examiner :

" In Davao, dengue fever is king. It is the number one infectious disease monitored by the Philippines Department of Health (DOH) in the region.

According to the DOH 2010 annual surveillance report just released, Davao recorded 9,563 cases last year. In 2009, the Davao region recorded 3,800 cases of the mosquito-borne virus- representing a more than 150% increase.

According to the Sun Star, in Davao City alone, 7,034 cases of dengue have been recorded, Davao del Norte posted 753 cases, Davao Oriental has 616 cases, Davao del Sur has 480 cases, and 313 cases were recorded in Compostela Valley province.

A prevention and control strategy has been put in place which involves: searching and destroying all mosquitoes breeding sites, self-protection measures, seeking early treatment, and saying no to indiscriminate fogging except during outbreaks."

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