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Death toll from dengue in the Philippines hit 1,021 in 8 months

dpa
Manila
More than 1,000 people have died from dengue in the Philippines in the first eight months of the year, the health department said Tuesday. Nearly 40 per cent of the 1,021 victims who died from the disease between January 1 and August 24 were children aged 5 years to 9 years old, the Department of Health said.
The death toll was almost double the 622 deaths recorded in the same period last year, it added. A total of 249,332 dengue cases were reported from January to August, compared to 119,224 in the same eight months in 2018, the department said.
Last month, the Philippines declared a national dengue epidemic amid a surge in the number of cases. Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo said the epidemic was not yet under control even though the rate of increase in the number of cases has slowed down since August. “As long as there is community transmission, we can’t say it’s under control,” he said. “We have to be on guard against dengue until the end of the year.”

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