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Published On: Wed, Apr 16th, 2014

Philippines reports 15,000 dengue cases in first three months

The number of dengue fever cases reported during the first quarter of 2014 has topped 15,000; however, although this is a large number, this is less than half the number of cases reported on the archipelago the same period in 2013, according to the latest numbers released by the Department of Health’s National Epidemiology Center today.

From Jan. 1 to Mar. 29, health authorities have reported 15,374 cases, an increase of about 4,000 cases in the past month. Last year during the same time frame, 31,407 dengue cases were reported.

To date, 62 individuals have died from dengue fever, or about a 0.4 percent case fatality rate. During the same period in 2013, 125 people died from dengue.

The National Capital Region accounts for 1,623 cases with both Manila and Quezon City reporting at least 300 cases. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page.

More than one third of the cases nationally were reported in children ages 5 to 14 years.

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