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PIA Press Release
2007/04/11

Commentary: Dengue year-round outbreak

by Bapa Bedu

Koronadal, South Cotabato (11 April) -- All over the country, 3,509 Dengue cases were reported from January to March 15, 2007, of which 32 died, according to the Department of Health (DOH) figures.

Dengue-carrying mosquitoes have evolved, and an all year round possibility of acquiring the dreaded Dengue disease is now close to reality.

This is the worried claim of DOH as they announced that the illness has broken seasonal patterns and that 880 dengue cases were reported in Metro Manila from January to March 15, the highest among 16 regions in the country.

The second highest number of dengue cases was reported in the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon. They registered a record increase from last year’s 216 cases to 457 this year.

SIGA is developing vaccines and pharmaceutical agents to fight not only dengue but other potential pathogens as well.

Thailand has also developed the potential antibodies that might prove effective for human use against dengue by 2010.

The government should encourage and support more Filipinos scientists to put focus on developing cure against dengue. (PIA 12) [top]

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