Just recently, with the advent of typhoon Ambo and the rainy season, the Department of Health released safety tips against Dengue. It can be recalled that August last year (2018), Iloilo City was declared to be in a state of calamity due to the continuing rise of dengue. Last July 2019, Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III has ordered for an intensified dengue response in Western Visayas as cases increased 259 percent to 18,834 from January 1 to July 13.
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.
Here are safety tips prescribed by DOH: