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DOH: No ‘mutant strains’ of dengue

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) clarified that there were no “mutant strains” of the dengue virus in the country.

The DOH, in a statement, denied that there were “mutant strains” of the mosquito-borne disease, which supposedly caused the spike in dengue cases in the country this year.

The DOH maintained that there were only 4 strains of dengue.

The issue on the new strain of dengue came after a Health official was misquoted in a news report, according to the DOH.

The DOH recently declared a national dengue epidemic due to the continuous rise of dengue cases in parts of the country.

As of July 27 this year, the DOH has recorded 167,607 dengue cases.

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