Dengue fever cases reported in several places in Philippines

Dengue fever is a common illness in the Philippines. At present, in Iloilo Province, there have been reports to 849 cases and 6 deaths. Meanwhile, in metropolitan Manila, there have been 2,761 cases and 7 deaths with Quezon City being the most affected. Overall, the trend is increasing. 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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