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Philippines have released it's secret weapon to fight dengue

Philippines Metro, Manila has enlist an army of frogs and fish to fight the epidemic dengue in the wake of the 146,062 cases, and it's already alarming the entire nation.

In the Quezon City village of Old Balara, community leader Allan Franza  led locals in releasing some 1,000 bull frogs into nearby waterways, Gulf News reported. Residents hope the amphibians will help mitigate the dengue threat by eating mosquitoes, including Aedes aegypti, the species that carries the virus.

The Department of Health (DOH) today requested the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Chair Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana to convene a full council meeting and declared a national dengue epidemic in the wake of the 146,062 cases recorded since January up to July 20 this year, 98% higher than the same period in 2018. There were 622 deaths.

The Philippines Department of Health declared a National dengue epidemic  on Aug. 6 with cases up 98 percent from the same period last year. A total of 146,062 people across the nation were stricken with the illness between Jan. 1 and Aug. 3, resulting in 622 deaths, according to CNN.

“It is important that a national epidemic be declared in these area to identify where a localized response is needed, and to enable the local government units to use their Quick Response Fund to address the epidemic situation.” Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said

The southern Philippine city of Zamboanga City is implementing a similar pest control strategy. The regional director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Isidro Velayo Jr., has secured a shipment of about 5,000 fish to be distributed among the area's bodies of freshwater, where they will cut down on mosquito larvae, wrote Philippine News Agency.


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