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Published On: Sun, Dec 8th, 2013

A month post-Typhoon Yolanda, DOH warns of possible spikes in dengue fever

It’s been about one month since Super-Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) ripped through the Central Philippines causing massive devastation and loss of life.

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Now Philippine health officials are warning survivors and residents that there may be a possible spike in the mosquito borne viral disease, dengue fever.

Philippines Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr. Eric Tayag tweeted recently that about the possible increase in Yolanda-affected areas like Leyte  due to the presence of stagnant water.

#DOH mounts anti#dengue drive in Leyte and other #yolandaph affected areas ahead of first quarter peak months of dengue in eastern visayas

Mosquito control operations have begun and  mosquito nets are being distributed to the affected families, according to Dr. Tayag.

The most recent case count of dengue fever in the Philippines was 117,658 dengue cases during the first 36 weeks of 2013.

The area of the Eastern Visayas have seen cases of leptospirosis and tetanus and just the other day, the DOH reported of an outbreak of acute diarrhea.

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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