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Uprising Dengue Cases in 2011

Raising people’s awareness about Dengue is needed.

Dengue is a fast emerging pandemic-prone viral disease in many parts of the world.  Dengue flourishes in urban poor areas, suburbs and the countryside. Infections occur in both adults and children, and dengue is endemic in most tropical and subtropical regions including Central and South America, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific region countries. More than two billion people live in these at risk areas, and is estimated that each year there are nine symptomatic cases and 500,000 severe episodes of dengue worldwide.

According to the World Health Organization, Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection causing a severe flu-like illness and, sometimes causing a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue. There are about 50 million new cases of dengue fever around the world each year and about 2.5 billion people, two-fifths of the world’s population, are at risk.

Department of Health in the Philippines defined Dengue/ Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever as an acute infectious disease manifested initially with fever. A latest report of the DOH showed that from January to Sept. 3 of 2011, there were a total of 63,741 new cases, including 373 deaths, seen in its various sentinel hospitals across the country. According to Davao City Health Office (CHO) chief Josephine Villafuerte, 3,803 dengue cases in 2010, only 478 cases were recorded in 2011.

However, Dengue Fever can be prevented as to be aware of its definite cause and early signs and symptoms, treatment, and different ways of preventions.

The medical professionals emphasised the need to raise mass awareness and motivate the people to take part in the campaign to destroy the breeding places of Aedes mosquito, the mosquito that brings the virus, around their homesteads.

source: World Health Organization

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