Grade 5 student dies of severe dengue, months after receiving Dengvaxia vaccine

Manila, Philippines - Amidst the controversy and fear surrounding about the controversial Dengue vaccine "Dengvaxia" given to some of the students in the Philippines, one student was reported died in Mariveles, Bataan. A Grade 5 student died of severe dengue in October last year, months after she received a shot of Dengvaxia, the world's first dengue vaccine, GMA news reported.

Christine Mae de Guzman, who had no previous history of dengue, developed severe headache and fever on October 11, was rushed to the Bataan General Hospital on October 14, and died on October 15. She received the first Dengvaxia shot in April.

The Sisiman Elementary School student's death certificate stated that she died due to disseminated intravascular coagulopathy and severe dengue.

Another case of student in Tarlac is currently confined in the hospital due to severe dengue. She completed the three doses of Dengvaxia and had not been exposed to Dengue before. The student's condition is now closely monitored.

The DOH, which suspended the vaccination program, has started monitoring all students in Bataan and other regions who were given Dengvaxia.

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