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Nationwide simultaneous motorcade kicks off June as Dengue Awareness Month

Tacloban City (June 3) -- The Department of Health is set to spearhead the commemoration of the month of June as Dengue Awareness Month with the theme "Puksain and Kiti-kiti, Sugpuin ang Dengue."

One of the major activities lined up for this event is the nationwide simultaneous conduct of Motorcade with the Aedes Mascot, Department of Health Director Edgardo Gonzaga informed.

The Dengue Motorcade will be conducted at 8:00 o’clock in the morning on the 9th of June, 2009.

This activity aims to raise the community level of awareness on dengue prevention, Director Gonzaga said.

Dengue Health officials have called for the cleaning of surroundings as dengue mosquitoes thrive in dirty and dark areas. Pools of water gathering on rooftops, old tires and even on flowers should also be cleared to prevent the breeding of the insect.

Those suffering from fever should monitor their disease and immediately see a physician if they see signs of dengue, among them: fever, drop in platelet count, rashes and intense sweating.

The increasing trend in the number of dengue cases in the last couple of years, prompted the Department of Health to call for the active participation of people from all walks of life to help prevent and control the dreaded disease in their respective localities.

There has been recent escalation of dengue cases in the Philippines. In Region 8, there were 893 cases of dengue and 11 deaths reported in 2008. The reported deaths were one each for Bato in Leyte, Calbayog, Hilongos in Leyte, Sta. Rita and Zumarraga both in Samar; and two each in Catbalogan, Dagami in Leyte and Tacloban City.

From January to May, 2009, about 173 cases and 2 deaths in Tacloban City, has been reported in Region 8.

Director Gonzaga said that the cases and deaths are still within manageable levels, but urged households to keep their surroundings clean to prevent contracting the disease.

Dengue, or "break-bone fever", is a tropical disease carried by a specific mosquito. People who are infected have high fever, severe muscle and joint pain, and can also suffer internal hemorrhaging or shock. (PIA 8) [top]

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