Dengue fever is growing problem in Western Visayas, Philippines

Dengue fever continues to be a major health concern in the provinces in Western Visayas where the super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit last year. In this region, the total number of cases so far has reached 1,399, which is considerably less than the 4,566 reported cases in the same time period last year. Capiz, Aklan and Iloilo are most affected with 456, 251 and 278 reported cases respectively.

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.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Dengue Fever.

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