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UPDATED: 17:12, September 14, 2006
Dengue cases up 1,447 in a week in Philippines
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The Philippine Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday reported 1,447 new dengue cases and 21 related deaths a week after it sounded the alarm on the disease's rise.

Doctor Eric Tayag, head of the DOH's National Epidemiology Center, was quoted by GMA TV as saying that latest agency data showed 14,915 dengue cases this year.

Of this number, 188 succumbed to the disease, Tayag added.

Exactly one week ago when the DOH raised its alert level on dengue, a total of 13,468 cases were recorded.

Health officials then noted 167 dengue-related deaths.

Radio station dzBB reported that at least 16 people were afflicted with dengue in Rizal province during the last 24 hours alone.

Three towns in Rizal province were earlier placed under states of calamity because of the increase in dengue cases.

During the recent days, most of the "new" dengue patients were from Taguig City, Cainta and Taytay towns in Rizal, Makati City and Mandaluyong City in Metro Manila.

Source: Xinhua

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