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DOH: Dengue cases down by 30%


Dengue cases in the country decreased in the remaining two weeks of April amid more frequent thunderstorms and rainshowers, the Department of Health reported Sunday.

In a statement, DOH said dengue cases nationwide dropped from 5,380 cases in the period from March 24 to April 6 to 3,634 in the period from April 21 to May 4, a 30-percent decrease.

Furthermore, since the start of 2024, DOH has recorded 59,267 dengue cases, with 164 deaths.

As the rainy season draws near, Health Secretary Teodoro Herbosa reminded the public to destroy mosquito breeding sites.

The public was also advised to wear clothes that cover the skin, apply mosquito repellent lotion or sprays, and start and sustain proper hydration for patients.

According to DOH, dengue is caused by a virus that spreads from mosquitoes to people.

Some of its symptoms include high fever, severe headache, muscle and joint pains, nausea, and rashes.

A person with dengue may experience the symptoms four to 10 days after a mosquito bite. — Celine Serquiña/BM/KBK, GMA Integrated News 

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