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Dengue Alert: Beware, Be Aware

Iloilo City nears state of calamity due to the continuing rise of dengue, in a statement issued by Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor. The Provincial Health Office has a record of 5,435 cases from January 1 to July 6. Last Monday, the Department of Health Center for Health Development Region VI declared a dengue outbreak in Western Visayas.



In line with this, in an initiative by Bell Kenz Pharma, a media forum was held at the Casa Real, Old Provincial Capitol. Dubbed ‘Dengue Alert: Beware, Be Aware, Understanding and Fighting Dengue’, the forum aims to educate the public about the dengue disease through the media. The forum was headed by speakers Dr Daisy Tagarda, Fellow of the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, and Christine Joyce Aguinaldo, Registered Nutritionist and Dietician.

A virus that belongs to the family ‘Flaviviridae’, dengue has four strains namely DENV1, DENV2, DENV3. The severity of the disease depends on the virulence of the virus and host factors. Signs and symptoms to watch out for include fever, headache, retroorbital pain, nausea, rash, aches, leukopenia or a low white blood cell count. Meanwhile, warning signs include abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, fluid accumulation, bleeding, restlessness, liver enlargement, hematocrit and platelet count anomalies.

The forum reiterates the importance of the ‘4S Kontra Dengue’ – 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 inflammatories such as mefenamic, persons with peptic ulcer disease, and persons taking anticoagulants.

Aside from the 4S, Dr Tagarda also introduced a revolutionary way to help prevent/treat the disease. The immunoglobulin colostrum, bovine colostrum, has bioactive components and proteins that help improve the immune system. In a research study spearheaded by Dr Allan Jake Dela Cruz, Department of Medicine at Saint Louis University of Sacred Heart entitled ‘effect of standard hydration therapy with immunoglobulin colostrum versus standard hydration therapy with placebo in hospitalized patients with dengue fever with warning signs’ – it was found that immunoglobulin colostrum has beneficial effects. Immunoglobulin colostrum serves as a safe adjunct – decreases fever clearance time, incidence of headache, and mucosal bleeding.




As such, a product was developed that contains immunoglobulin colostrum.

IgCo Skim Milk Powder with Natural Colostrum

In a research study spearheaded by Dr Allan Jake Dela Cruz, Department of Medicine at Saint Louis University of Sacred Heart entitled ‘effect of standard hydration therapy with immunoglobulin colostrum versus standard hydration therapy with placebo in hospitalized patients with dengue fever with warning signs’ – it was found that immunoglobulin colostrum has beneficial effects. Immunoglobulin colostrum serves as a safe adjunct – decreases fever clearance time, incidence of headache, and mucosal bleeding.

Dr Daisy Tagarda, Fellow of the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Courtesy call with Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor. ‘Dengue Alert: Beware, Be Aware, Understanding and Fighting Dengue’, is an initiative by Bell Kenz Pharma. The forum aims to educate the public about dengue disease through the media. It headed by speakers Dr Daisy Tagarda, Fellow of the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, and Christine Joyce Aguinaldo, Registered Nutritionist and Dietician.



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