Philippines rejects dengue vaccine as outbreak leaves hundreds dead

<p>THE Philippines stood firm today on its ban on the world&#8217;s first dengue vaccine while declaring a nationwide epidemic from the mosquito-borne disease that it said has killed hundreds this year.</p> <p>Dengue incidence shot up 98% from a year earlier to 146,062 cases from January 1 to July 20, causing 662 deaths, Health Secretary Francisco Duque told a news conference in which he announced a &#8220;national dengue epidemic&#8221;.</p>

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