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Monday, May 30, 2011

Philippines : Health officials sound dengue alarm

Via Manila Bulletin, dengue is on the rise in Philippines :

" MANILA, Philippines : Health officials sounded the alarm on dengue cases in the country as it climbed to 22,903 cases and 141 deaths representing an eight percent increase on cases recorded between January to May 7 compared to last year’s figures of 21,207 cases and 161 deaths recorded during the same period.

Most of the cases came from the National Capital Region (6,732), Central Luzon (4,181), and Calabarzon (3,555).

In the National Capital Region, Quezon City had the most number of cases with 1,694, followed by Manila, 824; Caloocan City, 775; Pasig, 592; Valenzuela, 466, and ParaƱaque City, 407.

“Dengue cases surged during the months of June until August,” Department of Health Assistant Secretary Enrique Tayag said as he warned that the public must also inspect all objects that collect water such as coconut husks or empty bottles.

Ages of cases ranged from less than a month to 89 years old. Around half, or 53 percent, of the cases were males while 39.9 percent of those affected belonged to the 1-10 years age group.

Clustering of cases was observed in some parts of La Union, Pangasinan, Bataan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Batangas, Laguna, Rizal, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Zamboanga del Sur, Misamis Oriental, Davao City, General Santos City, South Cotabato, Kalinga, and Metro Manila."

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