Asia's Rising Dengue Threat

Mark Cajutol was in unbearable pain on the evening of Aug. 17, bleeding from the nose and mouth. By midnight, he was jerking in his sleep. By early morning Wednesday, he lapsed into a coma. Shortly after noon, Mark Cajutol died. Cajutol was the latest victim in a dengue plague sweeping the Philippines. Although dengue fever has long been endemic to the country, it has taken off. Reported cases have risen by more than 50 percent in the first half of this year across the Philippines, health officials say, and particularly the southern island of Mindanao, which has been hit hard. In General Santos City alone, more than 566 dengue cases were recorded within the first seven months of this year, resulting in at least five deaths, excluding Mark's case.

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