Dengue fever cases and deaths continue to increase in the Philippines

Department of Health officials have reported a total of 42,207 cases of dengue fever, including 193 deaths. The most affected regions include Central Visayas (Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor and the cities of Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, and Mandaue City), Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon ) , Davao, Western Visayas (Aklan, Antique,Negros Occidental, Capiz, Guimaras and Iloilo) and Soccksargen (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani).

There may be many more unreported cases since counting and reporting may be hampered by lack of local access to health care, and many persons with mild illness may not seek health care. Travellers to areas where the dengue fever virus is active can reduce their risk of exposure to dengue fever virus by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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