Philippines government sounds national alert after steep rise in deaths from dengue

Philippines government sounds national alert after steep rise in deaths from dengue

This, he added, considering Sanofi's statement in 2017 that Dengvaxia could only be used in people who have previously has a dengue infection as there was evidence that it may worsen subsequent infections if given to people who had no previous infection. DOH Undersecretary Eric Domingo said legal experts of the DOH are studying the appeal filed by Sanofi Pasteur. Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said the fight against dengue is not for DOH alone to wage but for the whole country.

"Yes, I am open to the use of Dengvaxia again". It is not being fast-tracked. Domingo stressed the Dengvaxia vaccine is not the answer to the current dengue epidemic hitting the country. Romualdez said what is needed now is "an emergency response that involves integrated action from the national level down to barangay level". Domingo said the declaration of a national epidemic was meant to improve the response to the outbreak by allowing local governments to mobilise resources to the fullest.

Nationwide panic and widespread mistrust of vaccines caused by the Dengvaxia scandal led immunization rates for both dengue and measles to rapidly decrease in the Philippines, which resulted in an ongoing measles epidemic across the country and now the dengue epidemic.

Duque said the United Nations agency also advised Manila that the vaccine was "not recommended" as a response to an outbreak, and it was anyway "not cost-effective" with one dose costing about P1,000.

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Based on the DOH Dengue Surveillance Report, Region VI (Western Visayas) had the most number of cases at 23,330, followed by Region IV-A (CALABARZON) with 16,515, Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula) with 12,317, Region X (Northern Mindanao) with 11,455, and Region XII (SOCCSKSARGEN) with 11,083 cases.

From the start of the year to July 20, there have been more than 146,000 cases recorded - a 98% increase from the same time period last year, according to the country's Department of Health. Meanwhile, seven out of the 17 regions have exceeded the epidemic threshold of dengue for the past three consecutive weeks.

"We are alarmed by the increasing number of dengue cases in the Philippines". The global incidence of dengue has grown dramatically in recent decades, according to the World Health Organization. Christopher Go. Avelino explained that October is the month when eggs of the Aedes aegypti mosquito are hatched.

Dengue epidemics have been declared in four central and southern regions of the country, which between them are home to roughly 20 per cent of the Southeast Asian nation's population - some 20 million people.

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