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Philippines declares dengue outbreak an epidemic

Aug 06, 2019 - Associated Press

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - The Philippines' Department of Health has declared the country's outbreak of dengue to be a national epidemic.

The agency says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III made the declaration Tuesday to improve the response to the outbreak by allowing local governments to draw on a special Quick Response Fund.

It says the Philippines has recorded 146,062 cases of dengue from January through July 20 this year, 98% more than the same period in 2018. It says the outb...