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What are the top 10 communicable diseases in the Philippines?

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The top 10 communicable diseases in the Philippines, based on World Health Organization data, include tuberculosis, dengue fever, pneumonia, malaria, diarrhea, bronchitis, influenza, acute febrile illness, HIV and lower respiratory tract infections. Based on data from 2008, eight of the top 10 causes of morbidity in the Philippines were communicable diseases.

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Historically, HIV, malaria and tuberculosis have caused the highest number of deaths among communicable diseases. For example, in 2003, it was estimated that tuberculosis accounted for nine percent of all years of life lost in the country. Officially, the Philippines is listed as a low-risk country for HIV, with less than one percent of the population HIV plus as of 2013. As of 2013, malaria cases have decreased. In 2008, 22 of the provinces in the Philippines were listed as free of malaria and only five were listed as highly endemic.

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