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Published On: Thu, Mar 21st, 2013

Manila reports 1,500 dengue cases, down 50 percent from last year

Cases of dengue fever are down so far in Metro Manila this year, in fact since the beginning of 2013, the number of cases are only half of what it was for the same period last year, according to a GMA News report Wednesday.

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According to the Department of Health (DOH), 1,537 dengue cases have been recorded in Metro Manila since January 1. This is down from more than 3,000 cases reported from January through March 2012.

However, health officials warn to expect an upsurge in cases during the rainy season.

Of the more than 1500 cases, most were recorded in Quezon City, Caloocan, Manila and Pasay.

From January to October last year, the Philippines reported 132,046 cases, up 25 percent versus the 105,702 logged in the same 10-month period in 2011.

Zamboanga health officials do not recommend ‘tawa-tawa’ for treating dengue

Dengue fever is caused by one of four different, but related viruses. It is spread by the bite of mosquitoes, most commonly the mosquito, Aedes aegypti, which is found in tropic and subtropic regions.

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