Dengue Epidemic Declared in the Philippines

Dengue patients and relatives stay at the dengue room inside the San Lazaro government hospital in Manila, Philippines, Aug. 7, 2019. (Source:

A national dengue epidemic has been declared in the Philippines. In 2019, there was more than 146,000 cases of dengue and more than 600 deaths. This is a 98 percent increase from last year and has surpassed other countries, including Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam.

By declaring a national epidemic, local governments in the Philippines can locate where response is needed and allow the use of their Quick Response Fund.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne disease. The Department of Health and other government agencies are working together to find and destroy mosquito breeding sites. Additionally, the World Health Organization is working closely with the Philippines and other affected countries to address this epidemic.

While there is no treatment for dengue, early detection and access to medical care can prevent deaths.

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