Dengue fever quadruples in Cagayan Valley, Philippines

Health officials in Region 2 (including the five provinces of Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, and Quirino) have reported a four-fold increase in reported dengue fever cases (8,084 cases compared to 2,391 cases for the same period last year). Outbreaks are occurring in the provinces of Isabela, Cagayan, Nueva Vizcaya amd Quirino. So far, 15 people have died. Municipalities with outbreaks include Santiago City, Luna and Delfin Albano.

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Advice For Travellers

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.