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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Philippines : 8-year-old boy dies from dengue in Negros Occ.

An article from GMA News :

" An eight-year-old boy from Himamaylan City in Negros Occidental died from the dengue Thursday, after getting medical help too late.

The boy was the 21st dengue-related death this year in Negros Occidental and the sixth in Himamaylan, news site Visayan Daily Star reported Saturday.

The report did not name the boy, who was rushed to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) in Bacolod City, but he was already in critical condition.

CLMMRH doctor Ceres Baldevia of the CLMMRH said the boy's mother said he had fever for three days but she did not bring him to a hospital for treatment because it was “trangkaso lang (just flu)."

When his fever subsided after the third day, the mother said she gave her son a bath and he started vomiting blood.

This prompted her to rush him to the Valeriano Gatuslao Memorial Hospital in Himamaylan City.

The boy arrived at the Himamaylan hospital with no more blood pressure and was later rushed to the CLMMRH, Baldevia said.

“At the CLMMRH we tried to stabilize his condition but he kept bleeding and we lost him after about seven to eight hours," Baldevia said.

She said the public must be informed that if a patient has been suffering from fever above 38 degrees he must be brought to a doctor for treatment.

One should not wait beyond 24 hours, Baldevia said."

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