Dengue Fever and Its Prevention

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Dengue is one of the deadliest diseases and alarming reported by DOH in the Philippines. Seeing your kid heading its way up to the stairs is just as dangerous as having him or her in a high risk state of getting Dengue Fever. No parent would ever want his or her child to get in contact with a disease carrying mosquito like Aedes Aegypti. For several years, dengue fever has become popular in a negative sense where it is known to have taken many lives especially, the children.

Dengue Fever is a disease transmitted by a mosquito bite– Aedes Aegypti that is commonly characterized by a high fever that goes on and off for 3 days or more.  Other clinical manifestations include headache, skin rash that is similar to measles, muscle and joint pains. This can be diagnosed through a platelet count that has dropped too low from a normal range. If not treated immediately, a more serious condition may develop which are Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever and Dengue Shock Syndrome.

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Some countries show reports on high cases of such disease especially in the Philippines. Most victims are children. The Department of Health (DOH) in the Philippines has already implemented the Dengue Control Program and one of which is the “4 o’clock habit” where residents map out or clean up high risk areas in a locality. This is to prevent dengue carrying mosquitoes to breed in artificial containers and old tires. The lesser the mosquitoes, the more lives will be saved.

Dengue Fever in the Philippines was first reported in 1953 and during the 1970’s its spread and emerged in Asia, in the Pacific and it even spread in some Western Countries. Health awareness is one key to fight for this battle and to maintain a dengue free environment.

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