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Published On: Sat, May 18th, 2013

Philippines: Iloilo reports more than 700 dengue cases in first four months of 2013

Health officials in Iloilo have announced that there has been 743 cases of dengue fever in the province since January 1, according to an ABS-CBN report Friday.

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The number of dengue cases recorded this year is up by 183 percent compared to the same period in 2012.

Of the 743 cases recorded, six have ended in death, with the majority being young children.

According to the report, most of the cases were recorded in the towns of Janiuay, Banate, Oton and Cabatuan.

Dengue fever is an infectious disease carried by mosquitoes and caused by any of four related dengue viruses. This disease used to be called “break-bone fever” because it sometimes causes severe joint and muscle pain that feels like bones are breaking.

People get the dengue virus from the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. It is not contagious from person to person.

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).

What is dengue fever?

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