By Analou De Vera
Cases of dengue fever are expected to rise this rainy season and the public must take due precautions against the mosquito-borne illness, Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Dr. Rolando Enrique Domingo said.
“Magiging peak season na rin tayo ng dengue pag tag-ulan, usually June, July, August yan (The dengue peak season is approaching, usually it is in June, July, or August),” said Domingo in radio interview Friday.
Domingo said that an increase in the number of dengue fever cases has been noted in some provinces.
“Talagang expected natin ito kaya pinapalakas natin sa pamayanan yung prevention, meaning search and destroy [ng] lahat ng puwedeng pugaran (We are already expecting this so we are strengthening our preventive measures in the communities, particularly the identification and destruction of possible mosquito breeding places),” Domingo pointed out.
In addition, Domingo said long sleeved clothing, mosquito nets and insect repellents can help minimize the risk of contracting dengue fever.
He also cautioned the public against water-borne diseases such as leptospirosis, diarrhea, and gastroenteritis, which are also common during this season.
Latest data from the DOH showed that a total of 26,042 dengue fever cases have been reported nationwide from January to March 31 this year, 17 percent lower than the 31,358 cases recorded in the first three months of 2017.
The DOH said that majority of the dengue fever cases were reported in the National Capital Region, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon) region, Central Luzon, Northern Mindanao, and Central Visayas.
Dengue fever is transmitted by daytime-biting Aedesaegypti and Aedesalbopictus mosquitoes.
Key sumptoms of dengie fever include high fever, rashes, vomiting, stomach pain and nosebleed.