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04 Aug 2010 description

By Necephor Mghendi and Lasse Norgaard, IFRC

The number of dengue cases is rising at an alarming rate in some countries across Asia as the rainy season intensifies. Health authorities have reported thousands of cases, including Sri Lanka with 22,000 patients seeking assistance and 29,000 in the Philippines, many in the province of Davao del Sur, which has declared a "state of emergency".

In Thailand figures have reached 40,000 - a five-year high - and Malaysia has reported 27,000 cases in the first seven months of the year.

There are concerns that numbers are likely to …