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DOH monitoring rise in dengue cases

Rhodina Villanueva - The Philippine Star
DOH monitoring rise in dengue cases
“The DOH is closely monitoring the number of new dengue cases per week as the previous declining trend is starting to plateau,” the department said in a statement.
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MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) has warned the public on a possible increase in dengue cases.

“The DOH is closely monitoring the number of new dengue cases per week as the previous declining trend is starting to plateau,” the department said in a statement.

“This could be the start of a rise in cases nationwide if we will not search and destroy mosquito water or stagnant water in any areas or containers that may breed dengue mosquitoes,” it said.

Data as of June 1 showed that 5,368 dengue cases were recorded, almost the same number as those reported two weeks earlier.

Seven regions logged an increase in cases three weeks prior to June 1. These are the Cordilleras, Ilocos, Zamboanga peninsula, Cagayan Valley, Caraga, Mimaropa and Northern Mindanao.

The DOH recorded 70,498 dengue cases with 197 deaths from January to June 1.

“All hospitals and clinics are reminded to submit reports as soon as possible to ensure accurate case counts and help guide public health decision making,” the DOH said.

Health Secretary Ted Herbosa said more water means more breeding grounds for dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

”Kill mosquitoes to keep dengue down,” Herbosa said. ”Search and destroy stagnant water... don’t let these pests bite you.

Dengue is caused by a virus that mosquitoes spread to people.

The most common symptoms are high fever, severe headache, muscle and joint pains, nausea and rashes. There may also be pain behind the eyes, vomiting and swollen glands.

Symptoms of severe dengue include abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, rapid breathing, bleeding gums and nose, fatigue, restlessness, blood in vomit or stool, intense thirst, pale and cold skin and feeling weak.

The DOH advised the public to wear long sleeves and pants... or use mosquito-repellent lotions and sprays.

“Seek early consultation for any symptoms like fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, nausea, and rashes. Say yes to fogging where needed,” it added.

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