Dengue Awareness Month

Most of us take care of ourselves to prevent the coronavirus from occurring. But when doing so, we may have forgotten that some diseases still needs our attention.

June is dengue awareness month. Dengue has been considered by Department of Health (DOH) as a year-round disease which incidents rises during rainy seasons.

Dengue is transmitted by the mosquitoes Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Albopictus, which are found throughout the world. It is a tropical disease caused by a virus carried these mosquitoes. This virus causes dengue fever, and there is no specific medicine or antibiotic to treat it. For typical dengue fever, the treatment is directed toward relief of the symptoms.

The virus can cause fever, headaches, rashes, and pain throughout the body. Symptoms may include:

1. High Fever

2. Severe headaches

3. Pain behind the eyes and in the joints, muscles and/or bones

4. Abdominal Pain

5. Bleeding (such a nosebleed, bleeding gums, or easy bruising, dark stools)

6. Rash over most of the body

7. Fatigue

8. Nausea

9. Vomiting

Fatalities from dengue can be avoided with early detection, which is why even a fever should not be ignored–especially for young children. The best way to prevent Dengue is to avoid areas with prone to mosquitos. Let us take necessary precautions by: Wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, using insect repellent, and controlling mosquitoes by cleaning stagnant water inside and outside your home.