Dengue in the Philippines

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) officially declared last June, 2013 as the start of rainy season in the country. Monsoon rains bring lots of diseases like dengue fever in tropical countries like the Philippines. Health experts announced that the Philippines ranks 4th in the list of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member-countries tormented by dengue.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne infection that causes a severe flu-like illness and sometimes the more fatal complication that is called dengue hemorrhagic fever.

Dengue has no specific treatment but appropriate medical treatment might help save the life of a patient.

Philippine dengue expert Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy told over GMA News Online that the Philippines recorded a total of 27,071 dengue cases from January 1 to June 11 this year.

Symptoms of dengue:
  • headache
  • fever
  • exhaustion
  • severe joint and muscle pain
  • swollen glands (lymphadenopathy)
  • and rash

The acute phase of the illness with fever lasts about one to two weeks. Dengue hemorrhagic fever is a specific syndrome that affect children below 10 years of age. It causes abdominal pain, hemorrhage, and circulatory collapse. There is no vaccine available for dengue fever.



Prevention:

Dr. Lee Suy said that the only way to prevent dengue virus transmission is the removal of the breeding places of disease-carrying mosquitoes.

“Vessels containing clear and stagnant water should be emptied regularly. Dengue-carrying mosquitoes lay their larvae in clear and stagnant water such as those found in flower vases, pails, soft drink bottles, cans, and drums," Lee Suy said.

He also recommended self-protection measures against dengue, such as wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants to avoid mosquito bites, and the use of mosquito repellent.



“People who have experienced fever for two days together with skin rashes should immediate consult the nearest health center or hospital," Dr. Lee Suy added.

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