Parañaque declares state of calamity due to dengue

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Parañaque ranks fourth among the cities with the highest number of cases in Metro Manila (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 23) — Parañaque City is now under a state of calamity due to the rising number of dengue cases in the area.

The city government approved the declaration Monday upon the assessment of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

Parañaque is ranked fourth among the cities with the highest number of cases in Metro Manila and second with the highest “attack rate.”

The Department of Health (DOH) declared a national dengue epidemic in August due to rapid spikes in cases across different regions. The country has recorded 622 deaths and 146,000 cases from the start of the year until July 20.

Dengue that is preventable and can be controlled if detected early. Signs and symptoms include severe headache, pain behind the eyes, severe joint and muscle pain, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and skin rashes.