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Published On: Mon, Jul 6th, 2015

Philippines: MERS, HIV and dengue fever updates

Three recent stories from the news, Outbreak News Today,  “Your source for all the news about worms and germs”, provides coverage of three important public health stories from the Philippine archipelago: MERS, HIV and dengue fever.

Image/Maureen Metcalfe; Azaibi Tamin

Image/Maureen Metcalfe; Azaibi Tamin

2nd imported case of MERS

The Philippines Department of Health announced the confirmation of an imported Middle East RespiratorySyndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in a foreign national on July 4 prompting the mobilization of the MERS “Task Force”.

On Saturday, a Middle Eastern man tested positive for the novel coronavirusat the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM). He is currently monitored, stable and very cooperative. One of the patient’s close contacts has developed a cough and confirmation testing is currently in progress. ….Read more

May sees most HIV cases in 30 months

The Philippines is one of only a handful of countries that continue to see an increase in HIV cases and this past May, a whopping 748 cases were reported. This is the most cases reported on the archipelago in the past two and one-half years.

This is a more than 50 percent increase in cases compared to the same period last year….Read more

Dengue cases slightly higher in 2015

From 1 January to 30 May 2015, there were 28,600 cases of dengue, including 86 deaths, reported on the archipelago. This is 6.33% higher compared with the same reporting period in 2014 (26,897).

In all of 2014, the Philippines reported 113,485 cases. This was a 45% decrease from 2013 when more than 200,000 dengue cases were seen….Read more

Related stories from Asia:

Dengue fever in Singapore 2015 

Legionnaires’ disease death reported in Hong Kong, 22 cases reported this year 

Myanmar dengue outbreak tops 10,000 

Korea MERS case count up to 185, Government injects money into economy 

Thailand confirms 1st imported MERS case

 

 

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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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