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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Philippines : DOH-CHD6 issues alert on dengue

Via Balita :

" ILOILO CITY, June 22 : With the onset of the rainy season, the Department of Health (DOH) regional office here has raised the alarm over the ongoing spread of dengue fever, mostly brought about by bites of daytime aedes egypti and aedes albopictus mosquitoes.

DOH regional director Ariel Valencia said the warning must be heeded by parents of children as dengue cases continue to rise in Iloilo and in the rest of Western Visayas. Valencia said that dengue has become a year-round public health threat and continues to hold its position as an infectious disease with far reaching effects regionwide and nationwide.

Valencia said that dengue prevention and control is a community action and involvement of the different agencies and the private sector. The DOH advises the public to strictly follow the practice of cleaning the surroundings and to properly dispose of their tin cans, empty bottles, used tires and other containers so that these do not become mosquito-breeding places.

On the other hand, the DOH-CHD WV strongly promotes the 4-S campaign: Searching and destroying possible breeding grounds of dengue-carrying mosquitoes; wearing long Sleeved shirts and pants for protection; Seeking health professionals for a fever that lasts two days or more; and Saying no to indiscriminate fogging.

There are 126 recorded dengue cases in Iloilo City while the province of Iloilo has 231 cases and 2 deaths. The total number of cases in Western Visayas reached 1,309 from January 1 to May 8, 2010 as per the Regional Epidemiological Surveillance Unit (RESU) Report."

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