Govt declares epidemic with at least 622 people having died since start of year
Patients struck down with dengue fill the corridors of a hospital's pediatric ward at the height of an outbreak of the disease in the Philippines. (File photo by Jono Rinoza)
Palo Archdiocese in the central Philippines has declared war against dengue, a mosquito-borne disease that has killed at least 622 people and infected more than 146,000 others across the country since January.In the Eastern Visayas region, which has with 4.4 million inhabitants, dengue cases have exceeded 10,500 with at least 36 deaths. To show its support for a government drive against the dreaded disease, the archdiocese has opened church-administered hospitals to dengue patients.
The virus is carried by female mosquitoes mainly of the species Aedes aegypti, and causes flu-like illness that affects infants, young children, and adults.
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