Dengue fever has increased in northern Mindanao, Philippines

Through mid-May, increases in the number of people infected with dengue have been recorded in the northern area of Mindanao. The number of deaths due to this infection has also increased. The most affected provinces include Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Cagayan de Oro and Lanao del Norte. Affected municipalities include Gingoog City, Ozamiz City, Iligan City and Camiguin.

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Advice For Travellers

The absence of reports from other provinces does not mean that there is no dengue fever transmission there. The risk of exposure will vary from place to place and may be high in many localities.

All travellers to areas where the dengue fever virus is active can reduce their risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Many persons with dengue fever do not seek medical care and are not reported to health authorities. There may be many more cases in the community than the reports indicate.

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