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Published On: Wed, Mar 26th, 2014

Philippines reports 11,000 dengue cases through March 1

The number of dengue fever cases reported in the Philippines has decreased by more than half as compared to the same period in 2013, according to the Philippines Department of Health report.

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From January 1 to March 1 this year, the number of  cases reported across the archipelago was 11,019. This is a 52 percent decrease from the same period last year (23,355).

The has been 40 fatalities linked to dengue fever reported in the first two months.

The regions reporting the most dengue cases include Central Luzon with 1,596, CALABARZON with 1,506 and the National Capital Region (NCR) with 1,294.

The capital city of Manila has reported 244 dengue cases.

World Health Organization (WHO) estimates there may be 50–100 million dengue infections worldwide every year. However, new research from the University of Oxford and the Wellcome Trust, using cartographic approaches, estimate there to be 390 million dengue infections per year worldwide.

There are three types of dengue fever in order of less severe to most: the typical uncomplicated dengue fever, dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHS) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS).

There is not a vaccine for dengue fever. There is no treatment for dengue, just treat the symptoms.

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