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DENGUE Alert Status (How to protect yourself against Dengue)

The Department of Health once again reminded the public to protect themselves against the deadly dengue-carrying mosquito as it declare Dengue Alert Status in selected regions in the country. This is in response to the rapidly increasing number of cases observed in the Philippines.

Here’s a list of simple tips to protect yourself against dengue and dengue fever.

The 4S.

1. Search & Destroy breeding sites

2. Self-protection measure

3. Seek early consultation

4. Support fogging for impending outbreaks

#DengueAlert #MagingAlerto

Dengue Vaccine in 2015

dengue vaccine editorial cartoon

THE Department of Health has announced that dengue vaccine will be available in the market next year.

The vaccine, which has been tested two years ago, in five different Asian countries including the Philippines, showed a promising result.

At least, 3,500 children, 2 to 4 years old, from Cebu and San Pablo participated in the study trial of the vaccine.

Health experts said that three doses of the vaccine are needed to reduce the risk of hospitalization due to dengue fever.

The vaccine should cover all four dengue strains (Type 1, 2, 3, 4). One type could give you a life-long protection against the same strain, but not from the other remaining three. This means that a person could get all four types of the dengue virus in his lifetime.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona is optimistic that the government will be able to eliminate dengue as a major public health threat.

Dengue has been considered a plague by experts for the past 10 years.

This year alone, the DOH has recorded a total of 31,088 dengue cases.

Image credit: People’s Tonight Editorial Cartoon

New Dengue strain

For a mom whose kids were hospitalized twice for dengue fever, this news is alarming indeed. According to health officials the fifth strain of dengue virus has been detected abroad and is said to be as deadly as the other strains (Type 1, 2, 3, 4). Health officials also said the development of the vaccine, which is currently being developed to cover all four strains, may be affected because of the 5th strain. The mosquitoes that carry the fifth strain are also responsible in the spread of Chikungunya, a viral disease that manifests the same signs and symptoms as dengue fever.

Worried about the surface of this new strain, we have to double our effort to protect our household from dengue by keeping our surroundings clean. For my part, I’ll be the ever paranoid mom who keeps the window (without screen protection) closed.

I will be reading more about this new strain. It pays to know the risk of this new strain to our children being the most vulnerable to the mosquito-borne disease.