Dengue Cases in the Philippines

For 2010 alone, dengue cases in the Philippines has reached 70,000 with over 500 deaths recorded. Awareness campaign, educating people about the dengue virus should be pursued immediately.

Dengue cases in the Philippines are now in an alarming state, reaching approximately 70,000 cases in the whole country, with over 500 deaths recorded for this year alone. Most victims are children 6 years and below, but what is the Department of Health doing to address dengue cases with sense of urgency? Many of you may ask, “what is dengue?” What are the signs and symptoms of dengue? What can people do to prevent this sickness?

What is Dengue?

Dengue fever is a kind of fever acquired if you are bitten by a mosquito carrying the dengue virus. This kind of mosquito lives in tropical countries such as Philippine. Yes, there are several tropical countries in Asia and around the world, but dengue-carrying mosquitoes are in its most active state in places where there is stagnant water. In Philippines in particular, you will find a lot of swamps and rivers that are stagnant, all because of irresponsible waste disposal. These swamps and rivers are people’s favorite site to dump their garbage. As a result, these places have becoming the breeding ground of dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

These mosquitoes normally attack in the rainy seasons, usually during dusk and dawn, and in dark areas, too.

What are the signs and symptoms of dengue?

Once you are bitten by these mosquitoes you will experience fever. Along with this are body pains and headaches. Many people have mistakenly considered dengue fever as just an ordinary fever, thus, immediate treatment is not right away considered by many. Sadly, most people hit by dengue fever are people under poverty line. These people are not well-informed of the consequences that dengue can cause its victims, that, it can be deadly.

In most cases the fever will just last from 2-7 days, but it is strongly advised that once dengue fever doesn’t go away after a day, medical assistance should be considered immediately. Left unattended, the virus will slowly spread all over your body, attacking your platelet count.

The virus will also manifest on your skin. Rashes will form. Bleeding of nose, ears, mouth, eyes, are some of the symptoms as well. Bleeding in these areas is a sign that that your organs are already experiencing internal bleeding.

How can dengue fever be prevented?

The solution is simple. The government, especially the Department of Health should make a massive campaign, educating the people, especially those people living near swamps and rivers. Awareness is always the key.

Teach people to clean their surroundings, making sure that water is not stagnant for a long period of time. At home, if possible, make sure to cover windows with screens so mosquitoes won’t enter your home premises. Regular spraying of mosquito repellants is recommended.

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