- The Department of Health has declared a National Dengue Epidemic
- There have been 146,062 reported cases of dengue since January
- About 622 people have reportedly died due to the epidemic
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The Department of Health (DOH) has declared a National Dengue Epidemic on Tuesday.
KAMI learned that the announcement came following the increasing number of dengue cases in the Philippines.
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In a report by the GMA News Online (author Anna Felicia Bajo), a total of 146,062 cases have been recorded starting from January to July this year. This record is 98% higher than the same time last year.
According to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, about 622 have already died because of dengue.
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As reported by the Philippine Star (author Jaime Laude), Duque mentioned that as per DOH Dengue Surveillance Report, the Western Visayas has the most number of dengue cases at 23,330. It is followed by CALABARZON with 16,515; and the Zamboanga Peninsula with 12, 317.
As previously reported by KAMI, Malacañang said it is open to bringing back the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine if proven that it could benefit the Filipinos amid the dengue outbreak.
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