53 die of dengue in Northern Mindanao

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 31 2010 04:44 PM | Updated as of Sep 01 2010 12:44 AM

MANILA, Philippines - A total of 53 people have died due to dengue in Northern Mindanao, the regional health office said Tuesday.

The Northern Mindanao's health office said that the 53 dengue deaths were among the 4,932 cases of dengue recorded from January to August.

Dr. May Demegillo of the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) said that because of the increasing number of cases, the hospital has been forced to put 2 patients in one hospital bed.

Demegillo, a pediatric specialist, advised parents to immediately bring their children to the hospital at the initial detection of fever.

She said that there was a patient brought to NMMC who was initially diagnosed with urinary tract infection, but it turned out that the child is afflicted with dengue.

"Hindi na by the book ang symptoms. Hindi na dapat ipagwalang-bahala," Demegillo said.

Based from the Department of Health's latest update, a total of 54,659 cases of dengue with 429 deaths have been reported nationwide as of August 14. -- Shiela Joy Labrador, ABS-CBN Northern Mindanao