Just recently, the Iloilo City Health Office in Jaro II conducted a series of community based anti-dengue awareness campaign. Personnel from the agency went around barangays to remind residents of preventive measures in combating dengue.
It may be recalled that Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas has previously shared literature about dengue disease in a bid to remind Ilonggos to conduct a constant cleanup of surroundings to get rid of dengue-carrying mosquitos. The advisory seems timely as the rainy season is fast approaching.
Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease, with the virus belonging to the family ‘Flaviviridae’. Dengue has four strains namely DENV1, DENV2, DENV3. Signs and symptoms include fever, headache, rash, low white blood cell count to mention a few. Over the years, there has been no specific treatment to dengue aside from rehydration. However, there has been speculations of the effectiveness of certain herbal concoctions as well as platelet count being the gauge of dengue severity.
It is important to: seek and destroy breeding places, secure self-protection, seek early consultation, and support spraying to prevent an impending outbreak. It was also indicated that persons more susceptible to bleeding due to dengue include persons with low blood pressure, persons taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as mefenamic, persons with peptic ulcer disease, and persons taking anticoagulants.