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Published On: Sun, Mar 16th, 2014

Cebu City and Lapu-Lapu City top in dengue fever cases in Central Visayas outbreak

The outbreak of dengue fever in the islands of the Central Visayas is nearly at 700 cases since the beginning of the year, according to a recent Manila Bulletin report.

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The Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the Department of Health in Region VII (DoH-7) yesterday said dengue cases in Central Visayas reached 677, the report notes. Despite the numbers, it is a large decrease compared to the same period last year.

In addition, there has been 3 fatalities associated with the current outbreak.

Cebu City tops the places with the most cases 118. This followed by Lapu-Lapu City (87) and Dumaguete City (74).

Dengue is a mosquito-borne, potentially fatal disease that affects between 50 and 100 million people in tropical and subtropical regions every year, causing fever and muscle and joint aches.

According to the World Health Organization, Dengue and dengue hemorrhagic fever are present in urban and suburban areas in the Americas, South-East Asia, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Western Pacific and dengue fever is present mainly in rural areas in Africa.

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