Kitty Duterte recovering from dengue — Panelo

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 8) — President Rodrigo Duterte is currently in Davao City to look after his youngest daughter, Veronica "Kitty" Duterte, who contracted dengue.

In a press briefing Tuesday, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the 13-year-old girl is recovering from the disease.

"Pagaling na (She is recovering)," Panelo said, adding that he received the information from Cielito "Honeylet" Avanceña, the President's common-law wife and Kitty's mother.

Duterte went straight to Davao City when he came back from Russia on Sunday.

He has yet to return to Malacañang in Manila.

Kitty Duterte was among those who were vaccinated with the controversial dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia.

In late 2017, Dengvaxia manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur announced that the vaccine could cause severe sickness in people who never had dengue. Eleven children who have been vaccinated with Dengvaxia have reportedly died of dengue, but whether or not the deaths were caused by vaccine has yet to be established.

But with current dengue cases on the rise, there have been talks about possibly making Dengvaxia available in the Philippines again.

Panelo refused to comment about the vaccine.

"I am not a doctor, so my opinion would be incompetent," Panelo said.

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