622 death caused of dengue ‘epidemic’ in Philippine

622 death caused of dengue ‘epidemic’ in Philippine


622 death caused of dengue ‘epidemic’ in Philippine The Philippines’ Department of Health on Tuesday
declared the country’s outbreak of dengue to be a national epidemic. The agency said Health Secretary Francisco
Duque III made the declaration to improve the response to the outbreak by allowing local
governments to draw on a special Quick Response Fund. It said the Philippines recorded 146,062 cases
of dengue from January through July 20 this year, 98% more than the same period in 2018. It said the outbreak caused 622 deaths. Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection
found in tropical countries worldwide. It can cause joint pain, nausea, vomiting
and a rash, and can cause breathing problems, hemorrhaging and organ failure in severe cases. While there is no specific treatment for the
illness, medical care to maintain a person’s fluid levels is seen as critical. The Department of Health said that starting
Tuesday, it was conducting a campaign to focus on finding and destroying mosquito breeding
sites, which is a primary means of containing dengue. Other government agencies, local government
units, schools, offices and communities will join in the effort, it said. Other Southeast Asian countries have also
reported an upsurge in dengue cases this year, according to the U.N.’s World Health Organization. The organization said Malaysia had registered
62,421 cases through June 29, including 93 deaths, compared to 32,425 cases with 53 deaths
for the same period last year. Vietnam over the same period had 81,132 cases
with four deaths reported, compared to 26,201 cases including six deaths in 2018. In South Asia, Bangladesh has been facing
its worst-ever dengue fever outbreak, putting a severe strain on the country’s already overwhelmed
medical system.

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