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:
- 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.
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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