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Rappler's latest stories on dengue


Dengue kills 9 in Pangasinan

Jun 12, 2020 - 7:30 AM

The provincial health office finds it 'alarming' that there was an increase in the number of deaths from January 1 to June 1 compared to the same period 2019

[OPINION] Why are we still defining 'mass testing' when dengue's about to arrive?

Jun 02, 2020 - 12:58 PM

'As the government is still defining terms, trying to find the most appropriate alibi for their indecisiveness, the country is slowly drifting towards a more precarious situation, because another infectious visitor is about to return with the incoming wet season'

Aedes Project: The Filipino-made app that aims to map dengue hotspots

Mar 12, 2020 - 7:58 PM

Using NASA satellite data, local climate data, and Google data, the NASA challenge-winning app Aedes Project hopes to predict and map dengue hotspots

AEDES. From left to right, Mark Toledo, Frances Claire Tayco, Jansen Dumaliang Lopez, and Dominic Ligot of Aedes Project. Photo provided by the team

1st case of dengue spread by sex confirmed in Spain

Nov 10, 2019 - 10:36 AM

A 41-year-old Madrid man got dengue from his boyfriend who had traveled to Cuba and contracted the disease

Graphics by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler

[OPINION] Dengue fever and the language of medicine

Sep 29, 2019 - 8:45 PM

The language of medicine should connect with the language of the people

Recipe for disaster? U.P. scientists slam release of invasive 'anti-dengue' species

Sep 13, 2019 - 8:19 PM

UP Diliman's Institute of Biology calls for a halt to the release of invasive species in the Philippines due to their negative impacts

Dengue death toll climbs to 1,021 in August

Sep 13, 2019 - 2:25 PM

The Philippines also has the highest dengue fatality rate in Southeast Asia at 0.4%

DENG-GET OUT. Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque joined the San Juan local government on August 29, 2019 in campaigning for vigilance in the communities against dengue. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Mosquito trials raise hopes of defeating dengue

Sep 13, 2019 - 7:17 AM

The World Mosquito Program is rolling out trials to breed dengue-resistant bugs in a bid to tackle one of the world's leading mosquito-borne illnesses, raising hopes the untreatable disease can finally be beaten

In the Philippines, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus are the primary and secondary mosquito vectors. File photo of Aedes albopictus from WikiCommons

What is dengue, and why is it so widespread this year?

Sep 11, 2019 - 9:36 AM

An explainer on the viral disease with the grim nickname 'breakbone fever'

EPIDEMIC. File photo of a hospital packed with dengue patients. DOH photo

Dengue death toll in Aklan rises to 20

Sep 07, 2019 - 8:53 PM

So far, there are 4,680 cases of dengue recorded by the Provincial Health Office of Aklan

AVOID MOSQUITO BITES. The DOH issues a warning against mosquito-borne diseases. Graphics by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle issues 'oratio imperata' vs dengue, leptospirosis

Aug 30, 2019 - 4:44 PM

The Archdiocese of Manila calls on Catholics to pray 'for the healing of those who are sick and for the protection of everyone from these and other illness'

PRAY FOR THE SICK. Leptospirosis patients at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute on August 20, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

DOH upholds permanent ban of Dengvaxia

Aug 22, 2019 - 11:55 AM

(UPDATED) The ban makes it illegal to import, sell, or distribute Dengvaxia in the Philippines

DENGVAXIA BANNED. A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the local government health sector that was given to students during the school-based immunisation in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

120 Chinese workers among 400 dengue cases in Mariveles coal plant

Aug 20, 2019 - 10:00 AM

A report by the Bataan Provincial Health Office said poor hygiene practices among workers of the GNPower Mariveles coal plant was the reason for the dengue outbreak

Doctors' groups push DOH moves to fight dengue

Aug 16, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Doctors' groups emphasize 'vector control and early consultation' as key steps to combat the ongoing national dengue epidemic

VECTOR CONTROL, EARLY CONSULT. Health secretary Francisco Duque III visits Dengue patients inside the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on July 16, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong /Rappler

Albay declares state of calamity due to dengue outbreak

Aug 14, 2019 - 11:21 AM

Regional authorities advise tourists not to visit dengue hot spots in Bicol as the number of cases in the region continues to rise

PROVINCIAL BOARD SESSION. The Sangguniang Panlalawigan holds its regular session on August 13, 2019. Photo from the Provincial Government of Albay website

More dengue cases in Metro Manila cities in 2019

Aug 13, 2019 - 8:09 PM

The Department of Health has recorded a total of 10,103 cases and 43 deaths due to dengue in Metro Manila

DENGUE IN METRO MANILA. A mother uses a dropper to give a dose of 'tawa-tawa' herbal juice to her child who is affected by dengue virus at the Amang Rodriguez Hospital in Marikina City on August 8, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Health group warns gov't vs 'knee-jerk' move to lift Dengvaxia ban

Aug 09, 2019 - 4:11 PM

Health Action for Human Rights instead urges the public to take a ‘rational, holistic, and participatory’ approach in addressing the epidemic

DENGUE EPIDEMIC. The Department of Health on Tuesday, August 6, declared a national dengue epidemic. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte open to use of Dengvaxia amid dengue epidemic

Aug 08, 2019 - 7:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he wants to hear what local scientists and doctors have to say about the controversial dengue vaccine

RISK. A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia inside a storage facility in Manila on December 4, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

40 dead due to dengue in Bicol

Aug 08, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Bicol health chief Ernie Vera urges local officials and communities to take heed of the government's anti-dengue strategy, saying its sustained enforcement can stem the number of dengue cases in the country

Photo caption. DENGUE UPDATED. Department of Health-Bicol director Ernie Vera calls for holistic action to stem the spread of dengue. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia

PH has most dengue cases in Southeast Asia in 2019

Aug 08, 2019 - 2:20 PM

The Department of Health reports a total of 622 deaths due to dengue and 146,062 cases from January 1 to July 23, 2019

MOST CASES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA. The Philippines recorded the most number of dengue cases in Southeast Asia from January to July 2019. Photo from DOH Calabarzon

'We are scared': Deadly dengue outbreak overwhelms Bangladesh

Aug 08, 2019 - 1:51 PM

Almost 30,000 people are hospitalized with the disease in Bangladesh since January. In the past week some 2,000 patients a day have been admitted to hospitals.

DENGUE FEVER. In this file photo taken on August 4, 2019 shows Bangladeshi children suffering from dengue fever and their relatives as they receive treatment in beds on the floor of a ward at the Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital in Dhaka. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Recto to DOH: Transfer funds from 'slow-moving' projects to anti-dengue front

Aug 07, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Senators call on the government to use all available resources to combat the dengue problem following the declaration of a national dengue epidemic

CHECKING ON PATIENTS. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III visits the dengue ward of the General Emilio T. Aguinaldo Memorial Hospital in Trece Martires City on August 5, 2019. File photo from DOH-Calabarzon

Despite risk warnings, Garin insists dengue vaccine can prevent outbreaks

Aug 07, 2019 - 2:59 PM

But the Department of Health says that the vaccine is not meant for epidemic response

BRING BACK DENGVAXIA. Former health chief Janette Garin insists that bringing back the vaccine could help the government prevent future dengue outbreaks. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Dengue cases in Northern Mindanao breach epidemic threshold

Aug 07, 2019 - 8:17 AM

It's in Northern Mindanao where 60 dengue deaths have been recorded

DOH declares national dengue epidemic

Aug 06, 2019 - 6:06 PM

The Department of Health reports a total of 146,062 dengue cases from January to July 2019

NATIONAL EPIDEMIC. Health Secretary Francisco Duque, defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana, science secretary Fortunato dela Pena and NDRRMC Executive Director Ricardo Jalad. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

27 dead in Cavite as number of dengue cases doubles

Aug 05, 2019 - 9:04 PM

From January 1, 2019 to August 5, 2019, the Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit records 6,232 dengue cases, compared to 3,127 cases in the same period in 2018

CHECKING ON PATIENTS. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III visits the dengue ward of the General Emilio T. Aguinaldo Memorial Hospital in Trece Martires City on August 5, 2019. Photo from DOH-Calabarzon

EU donates P5.7M to combat rising dengue cases in the Philippines

Aug 02, 2019 - 3:35 PM

The funding is expected to benefit some 300,000 people in Calabarzon, Central Luzon, Central Visayas, Metro Manila, and Western Visayas

DENGUE ALERT. Dengue patients are seen inside the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on July 16, 2019, after the DOH declared a national Dengue alert following the rapid rise in cases across the country. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Lift ban on Dengvaxia, doctors' group urges DOH

Aug 01, 2019 - 4:55 PM

'The Philippines has the highest incidence and death rate from dengue this part of the world. Yet it is the only country in the world that has banned it,' says Doctors for Truth and Public Welfare

A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the local government health sector that was given to students during the school-based immunisation in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Malacañang open to return of Dengvaxia amid dengue alert

Aug 01, 2019 - 9:39 AM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo says the Duterte government will consider the controversial vaccine if experts attest it is safe to use

Health secretary Francisco Duque III visits Dengue patients inside the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on July 16, 2019, after the DOH declared a national Dengue alert following the rapid rise in cases in some provinces. Photo by Ben Nabong /Rappler

Amid dengue outbreaks, Janette Garin wants Dengvaxia back in PH

Jul 31, 2019 - 6:03 PM

The former health secretary says the dengue outbreaks would not have happened had Dengvaxia, whose distribution she approved, not been banned in the country

BRING DENGVAXIA BACK? Iloilo 1st District Representative Janette Garin (center) still maintains the safety of the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

At least 16 dead from dengue in Cotabato

Jul 29, 2019 - 9:50 PM

The province has recorded 3,788 dengue cases from January 1 to July 19, much higher than the 1,253 cases recorded in the same period in 2018

Dengue death toll rises to 491 in July

Jul 20, 2019 - 3:13 PM

From January 1 to July 6, the Department of Health records a total of 115,986 dengue cases nationwide

DENGUE. Nationwide figures for dengue cases in 2019 spikes to 22% higher than last year's numbers. Shutterstock photo

Cebu dengue death toll highest in the Visayas

Jul 19, 2019 - 8:27 AM

Although the number of deaths is mainly attributed to Cebu being the most populated island, Cebu City Councilor David Tumalak calls on local officials to be prepared

Dengue outbreak declared in Aklan

Jul 17, 2019 - 1:07 PM

Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores urges local officials and communities to also take proactive steps against dengue as the province records 2,121 cases in the first half of 2019 – a 157% increase over the same period in 2018

OUTBREAK. Dengue patients admitted at the Aklan provincial hospital in Kalibo, Aklan. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

DOH declares national dengue alert

Jul 15, 2019 - 1:59 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Health reports a total of 106,630 dengue cases from January to June 2019

NATIONAL DENGUE ALERT. The total number of dengue cases in the Philippines stands at 106,630 from January to June 2019.

At least 19 dead from dengue in Eastern Visayas

Jul 12, 2019 - 9:14 PM

From January 1 to July 6, 2019, the Department of Health in Region VIII has recorded 4,550 dengue cases

Iloilo governor declares dengue outbreak

Jul 05, 2019 - 5:01 PM

(UPDATED) Over 3,000 cases of dengue have been recorded in the province since January 2019

CASES INCREASING. Dengue is a disease common in tropical and sub-tropical countries in the world. Photo from Shutterstock

Scientists discover how mosquitoes detect human sweat

Mar 28, 2019 - 11:59 PM

The findings could offer a roadmap for a new generation of attractants that lure adult specimens into traps for population control

Cavite tops number of dengue cases in Calabarzon in Q1 – DOH

Mar 23, 2019 - 12:43 PM

The Department of Health says there were 1,788 dengue cases in Cavite from January 1 to March 16, out of a total of 5,616 cases in Calabarzon during the period

DOH monitors rise in dengue cases amid measles outbreak

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:52 PM

Health Secretary Francico Duque urges the public to search for and destroy possible breeding grounds for mosquitoes to avoid possible dengue cases in communities

CASES INCREASING. The DOH says over 30,000 cases of dengue have been recorded as of February 23, 2019. Photo from Shutterstock

Twice as many dengue cases reported in Aklan

Feb 11, 2019 - 1:59 PM

The Aklan provincial health office records 176 dengue cases so far, compared to 84 in the same period last year

Noynoy Aquino questions House committee recommendation to sue him

Feb 08, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Former president Benigno Aquino III also links the Dengvaxia scare to the recently reported measles outbreaks in the country

DENGVAXIA. Former President Benigno Aquino III attends the Congress hearing on the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine on February 26, 2018. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PAO links doctor’s death to Dengvaxia, files 31st complaint

Jan 24, 2019 - 4:48 PM

Dr Kendrick Gotoc was allegedly administered with the anti-dengue vaccine in 2016, and died on April 22, 2018, due to community-acquired pneumonia

DENGVAXIA. The Public Attorneys Office (PAO) files the 31st Dengvaxia-related complaint at the DOJ on January 24, 2019, linking the death of 39-year-old physician Kendrick Gotoc to the dengue vaccine. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Dengvaxia sale approved for dengue-endemic areas in Europe

Dec 20, 2018 - 3:43 PM

Sanofi's vaccine is known to prevent the dengue virus in individuals who have been affected previously, but poses more risks for those who have not been infected before immunization

DENGVAXIA. The world's first anti-dengue vaccine was given to Filipino grade-schoolers under the government's now-suspended school-based dengue immunization program. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Post Dengvaxia controversy: Paving the way forward for vaccines, health care

Dec 02, 2018 - 8:17 PM

The health department gears up to introduce a new vaccine for Japanese Encephalitis and universal health care in 2019. Will the past year's effort at damage control be enough?

A year after Dengvaxia: Immunization drops, measles outbreaks soar

Dec 01, 2018 - 7:52 PM

In the aftermath of the Dengvaxia scandal, immunization rates remain low as the health department controls several measles outbreaks that are vaccine-preventable

Garin-allied pathologist discredits PAO findings on Dengvaxia cases

Nov 21, 2018 - 4:26 PM

Pathologist Raymundo Lo says the Public Attorney's Office made 'false' conclusions in its forensic examination of children who died after their Dengvaxia vaccination

Pathologist Dr Raymundo Lo. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

LIVE: House reopens probe into Dengvaxia controversy

Nov 20, 2018 - 1:40 PM

Lawmakers reopen their investigation into the P3.5-billion Dengvaxia purchase, saying questions remain 'unanswered'

A month on, Indonesia's quake-tsunami hit city faces health crisis

Oct 27, 2018 - 1:06 PM

Aid groups say there has been an increase in cases of diarrhea and respiratory infection, while there are also suspected cases of mosquito-borne illnesses, including malaria and dengue fever

DISASTER. An aerial view shows the earthquake and tsunami devasted neighbouhood in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 1, 2018. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

DOH: No dengue breeding grounds at Philippine Children's Medical Center

Sep 27, 2018 - 11:30 AM

The Department of Health is still trying to determine the source of dengue, after an upsurge in cases at the hospital since May 2018

CLEAR. The DOH says there are no brreding grounds for mosquitos in Philippine Children's Medical Center. File photo from PCMC's Facebook account