This epidemic has become a major international public health concern these recent years especially here in the Philippines, mostly infants and kids are usually the targets of these diseases.
Dengue Fever as also known, as dengue hemorrhagic fever is an acute febrile disease found in tropics area and Africa. It was first recognize in the 1950’s during the epidemics in the Philippines and Thailand. It is though similar to malaria but unlike malaria, dengue is predominantly found in urban and semi urban areas. It is transmitted to humans through the bites of a female Aedes Aegypti, one type of mosquito rarely known as Aedes Albopictus mosquito, which feed during the day.
Some 2500 million people that is two fifths of the world population are now at risk from Dengue and some would cause its death if they are not properly taken care of, there is no specific treatment for this disease however through careful clinical management by experts physician and nurses with appropriate intensive supportive therapy frequently saves the lives of DHF Patients.
Signs and symptoms may occur after five days of transmission. The patients would suffer severe headache, muscles and joint pains, fever and rash. The dengue rash is characteristically bright red and usually appears first on the lower limbs and the chest, some would go over their body.
To prevent its illness are the following :
- Cover water container to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.
- Replace water in flower vases once a week.
- Clean all water containers once a week. Clean and Scrub the sides properly to get rid of those eggs of mosquitoes sticking to the sides.
- Clean gutters of leaves and debris so that rain water will not collect as breeding places of mosquitoes.
- Old tires used as roof support should be punctured or cut to avoid accumulation of water.
- Collect and dispose all unusable tin cans, jars, bottles and other items that can collect and hold water.