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Dengue fever killed over 1,000 in Philippines

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Philippine dengue
Asia   Nearly 250,000 cases of the disease were reported

Dengue has killed 1,021 people in the Philippines so far this year, 40 percent of them children, reported the Ministry of Health.

Nearly 250,000 cases of the disease were reported between January and August, and the death toll is already almost double that of last year.

Deputy Health Minister Eric Domingo explained that the epidemic is still not under control, although the number of cases has been reduced. 'We must be on guard against dengue until the end of the year,' he said.

The authorities insist that the population continue sanitation efforts to eliminate possible breeding sites of mosquitoes, the transmitters of the disease, especially in this rainy season.

The increase in dengue cases comes two years after a massive vaccination campaign against the disease was cancelled because of the supposed risks of the drug Dengvaxia, produced by French company Sanofi Pasteur.

In early August, the Philippines one of the world's most populous countries with more than 106 million people declared the outbreak of a national dengue epidemic.

The mosquito-borne viral infection is found in tropical countries around the world.


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