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Protect yourself against mosquito bites to avoid dengue.
This Dengue Awareness Month, know more about the disease and learn prevention strategies.
The World Health Organization (WHO) describes dengue as a “fast emerging pandemic-prone viral disease.” The mosquito-borne infection causes flu-like illness and severe dengue can lead to deadly complications, WHO adds.
Dengue is transmitted through the bite of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes.
From January to May 2018, the Department of Health (DOH) recorded 37,959 dengue cases and 195 deaths nationwide. National Capital Region recorded the highest number of cases with 6,493 cases, followed by CALABARZON (6,296); Central Luzon (5,997); Northern Mindanao (2,540); Western Visayas (2,314); and Central Visayas (2,241).
Children between the ages 10 to 14 years old were the most affected.
Dengue symptoms include high fever (40 degrees Celsius or 104 degrees Fahrenheit) accompanied by severe headache, pain behind the eyes, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands, muscle and joint pain, or rash. Usually, symptoms last for two to seven days after an incubation period of four to ten days after getting bitten by an infected mosquito, according to WHO.
Severe dengue can be lethal due to leaking, fluid accumulation, respiratory distress, severe bleeding, or organ impairment. Symptoms to look out for are severe abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, rapid breathing, bleeding gums, blood in vomit, fatigue, and restlessness, according to WHO.
DOH recommends the 4S strategy, which involves searching and destroying mosquito breeding places, seeking early consultation, securing self-protection, and supporting fogging and spraying in hotspot areas.
Here are five tips to keep the mosquitoes away and prevent dengue:
Stay strong and healthy!