Dengue cases may rise, Department of Health warns

Mosquito - Dengue

THE Department of Health has warned that the number of dengue cases may rise this year.

Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III advised the public to be more cautious and remember the ‘4S’ in the Department of Health’s campaign to avoid dengue.

The DoH advised the public to search and destroy mosquito breeding places, secure self-protection, seek early consultation and support fogging or spraying only in dengue hotspot areas.

Duque said more than 70,000 cases of dengue were already recorded as of today, and the DoH is projecting it will rise to 200,000 cases by the end of the year.

“Ang dengue ay all-year round problem. Hindi na ito seasonal. Asahan na mamamayagpag ang dengue sa taong ito na talagang projected siya na tataas. Kaya mag-ingat tayo lalo,” he said.

The health chief explained that dengue cases are expected to rise every three to four years. There were around 200,000 dengue cases recorded in 2009, 2013 and 2016.

Dengue fever is transmitted by the bite of an Aedes mosquito infected with a dengue virus. The mosquito becomes infected when it bites a person with dengue virus in their blood. It can’t be spread directly from one person to another.

Symptoms, which usually begin four to six days after infection and last for up to 10 days, may include: sudden, high fever, severe headaches, pain behind the eyes, severe joint and muscle pain, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, skin rash, which appears two to five days after the onset of fever, mild bleeding (such as nose bleed, bleeding gums, or easy bruising).