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PIA Press Release
2009/06/05

DOH-Caraga prepares public for Dengue Awareness Month

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

Butuan City (5 June) -- The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga prepares for Dengue Awareness Month this June with the theme "Puksain ang Kiti-kiti, sugpuin ang dengue".

This was learned from DOH-Caraga Regional Director Leonita Gorgolon during the recently held press conference at the DOH-Caraga Conference Room, this city.

According to Dir. Gorgolon, dengue is the most common mosquito-borne viral disease of humans that in recent years has become a major public health concern.

"It affects infants, young children and adults, but seldom causes death," Dir. Gorgolon said.

Dir. Gorgolon also added that dengue viruses are transmitted to humans through the bites of infective female Aedes mosquitos.

When asked what are the signs and symptoms of dengue, Dir. Gorgolon said that a person will experience fever, pain behind the eye, headache, muscle and joint pain, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, body weakness, rash on the skin, nose bleeding, gum bleeding, puffiness of the eyes or whole face, and swollen red lips.

It was also learned that the danger signs caused by dengue to a person is when he/she is experiencing abdominal pain-intense/sustained, persistent vomiting, abrupt change from fever to hypothermia with sweating and prostration, and restlessness or somnolence.

In order to prevent and control dengue, DOH urges the general public to follow the 4s -Search and destroy the breeding areas of mosquitos, Self-Protection measures, Seek early consultation, and Say no to indiscriminate fogging (fogging is only conducted if there is an outbreak).

As per advised by DOH when doing search and destroy, the following are examples: change the water inside the flower vase and wash it once a week, cover the holes in your backyard with soil or sand, cover the water drums and other containers inside and outside the house.

When doing self-protection measures, one may also use mosquito repellant daily, and when having fever for two days already with rashes on the skin, proceed immediately to the nearest health center for consultation.

With this advisory from DOH, Dir. Gorgolon is hoping that the general public will be vigilant enough and cooperate with them. (PIA-Caraga) [top]

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