Philippines dengue death toll tops 600


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Philippine health officials have reported a 163% increase in dengue deaths in 2022 so far, recording 613 deaths as of October 22, compared to 233 deaths reported during the same period in 2021.

In terms of total cases, authorities have reported 187,560 cases of dengue, up from 64,126 reported last year during the same time – a difference of 192%.

Central Visayas had the highest number of fatalities with 94 deaths, followed by Western Visayas (81), Central Luzon (78) and Manila City (47).

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Dengue fever is a disease caused by a virus that is spread by mosquito bites. The disease can take up to two weeks to develop with the disease generally lasting less than a week.

The health effects of dengue include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, muscle and joint pain, and light bleeding.

Dengue can become severe within a few hours. Severe dengue is a medical emergency that usually requires hospitalization.

In severe cases, health effects can include hemorrhage (uncontrolled bleeding), shock (dangerously low blood pressure), organ failure, and death.

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