Some Philippine provinces declared a dengue fever outbreak due
rains and floods.
4 died in the municipality of San Rafael in the province of
Bulacan recorded 2,622 cases of Dengue which is twice as much
than last year.
The provinces of Abra and Pangasinan are also affected.
Here are five things you may not know about Dengue Fever.
- Dengue is the most important mosquito-borne viral disease of
humans and the most important tropical disease in Latin America
and Asia. It affects 70–500 million people per year and is
endemic in more than 120 countries across the world.
- Dengue is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes, principally by
Aedes aegypti or less frequently by Aedes albopictus or Aedes
polynesiensis. Mosquitoes bite infected humans and pick up
the virus. After a short incubation period (8–12 days) the
virus can be rapidly transmitted to other humans by
subsequent mosquito bites. The mosquito remains infective
for the rest of its life.
- The disease manifests as a sudden onset of severe headache,
chills, pain upon moving the eyes, and low backache. Painful
aching in the legs and joints (myalgias and arthralgias—severe
pain that gives it the nick-name break-bone fever or bonecrusher
disease) occurs during the first hours of illness.
- To prevent Dengue, Eliminated Mosquitoes by getting rid of
stagnant water containers around your residence or place of work,
this is where the mosquitoes breed, smoke the mosquitoes. Use
appropriate net to avoid mosquitoe bite if you stay close to
- Because dengue is caused by a virus, there is no specific
medicine or antibiotic to treat it, the only treatment is to
treat the symptoms. For typical dengue, the treatment is purely
concerned with relief of the symptoms (symptomatic). Rest and
fluid intake for adequate hydration is important.