The rainy season which started a few days ago should make the public wary of dengue.
As of April 2010, 4,000 dengue cases, 50 percent higher compared to last year, have already been reported, according to Dr. Eric Tayag of the National Epidemiology Center.
In Cavite, the number of dengue cases increased in June.
DENGUE HEMORRHAGIC FEVER is an acute infectious disease transmitted by Aedes aegypti, a day-biting mosquito which breeds in stagnant water.
Surroundings should be kept free from stagnant water, Tayag said.
According to DOH health advisory, signs and symptoms of dengue include: sudden onset of high fever which may last 2-7 days, joint and muscle pain, pain behind the eyes, weakness, skin rashes (tiny red spots), nose bleeding, abdominal pain, vomiting of coffee-colored matter and dark colored stools.
If detected early, dengue can be cured easily. Still, prevention and control is better than cure. DOH has the following tips:
For more information, visit http://www.doh.gov.ph/
Information retrieved from:
Department of Health. http://portal.doh.gov.ph/healthadvisories/dengue. June 17, 2010
GMA News. http://www.gmanews.tv/story/191279/doh-warns-vs-dengue-flu-as-rainy-season-nears. May 19, 2010