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2010/05/24

DOH issues dengue alert as rainy season starts

Tacloban City (May 24) -- The health authorities re-issued a reminder for the public to take the necessary precaution against dengue especially with the rainy season due to start in two weeks.

The DOH reiterated the 4-S measures which the public must proactively observe in order to arm the public in the intensified fight against the mosquito-borne dengue disease.

The first is Search and destroy breeding places of dengue-causing mosquitoes such as old tires, coconut husks, roof gutters, discarded bottles, flower vases and other containers that can hold clean stagnant water.

The second is Self-protection measures such as wearing of long-sleeves shirts and long pants and using mosquito repellants during day time.

The third S according to DOH is to Seek early consultation when early sins such as fever and rashes set it.

The fourth S is Say no to indiscriminate fogging except for dengue outbreak.

All DOH-run hospitals all over the country now have Dengue Express Lanes for faster case management and treatment and where families and relatives can bring family members suspected of having dengue.

Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever is an acute infectious viral disease usually affecting infants and young children. It is characterized by fever from 2 to 9 days, during the initial phase and other symptoms like headache, pain in the eye, joint pain, muscle pain, and other pain, followed by signs of bleeding such as petechiae (red tiny spots on the skin), nose bleeding and gum bleeding. Doctors advise that if there is blood in the stools and/blood in the vomitus and accompanied by shock, this is called Dengue Shock Syndrome and is often fatal.

Aedes Aegypti, the transmitter of the disease is a day-biting mosquito which lays eggs in clear water container, such as flower vases, cans, rain barrels, old rubber tires, etc. The adult mosquitoes rest in dark places of the house. (PIA 8) [top]

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