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Nationwide dengue alert declared by DOH

The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday declared a “National Dengue Alert” following the rapidly increasing cases of dengue in several regions.

“No national dengue epidemic. It’s localized… It’s a phenomenon. No science is able to explain it,” Duque said in a report from CNN.

The health secretary said that peak in dengue cases have been observed every three to four years.

In the latest data of the DOH Epidemiology Bureau, a total of 106,630 dengue cases, including 450 deaths have already been recorded nationwide from January 1 to June 29.

The health department said it was expecting a rise in dengue cases as the country had a spike in cases in the previous three years.

Areas including Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Calabarzon, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Davao, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and Cordillera Administrative Region were in the alert threshold.

DOH also reminded the public the importance of the 4S strategy, which stands for ‘Search and destroy’ mosquito-breeding sites; employ ‘Self-protection measures’ such as wearing long pants and long sleeved shirts, and daily use of mosquito repellent; ‘Seek early consultation;’ and ‘Support fogging/spraying’ only in hotspot areas where increase in cases is registered for two consecutive weeks to prevent an impending outbreak.

Dengue symptoms include fever for more than two days, fatigue, nausea, skin rashes, severe joint and muscle pain, nausea, and bleeding.

Dengue, world’s fastest-growing infectious disease, causes half a million life-threatening infections and kills about 20,000 people, mostly children, annually. (With a report from Analou de Vera and Reuters)




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