The Department of Health expressed alarm over the increasing number of dengue cases in Eastern Visayas this year. Records showed that there have been 4,809 confirmed cases in Region 8 with 19 deaths as of July 11, which is 86 percent higher than the cases recorded in 2018.
DOH Regional Information Officer John Paul Roca clarified that there is no dengue outbreak in the region as of the moment. However, he revealed that there were clustering cases in 52 villages. In fact, deaths have been documented in the cities of Catbalogan and Calbayog in Samar; Kawayan in Biliran, municipalities of Macrohon and Sogod in Southern Leyte; Hernani, General MacArthur, Quinapondan, and Guian in Eastern Samar; and Mahaplag, Burauen, Baybay City, and Tacloban City in the province of Leyte.
“We have heighten active surveillance in all reporting sites. We have been providing assistance to local government units though massive information drive, assembly of mothers, and conduct of misting and fogging activities” John Paul revealed on Friday, 12. It was, also divulged that Department of Health provided rapid dengue test kits to rural health units to aid in detecting the fatal disease.
For starters, dengue is an acute illness of sudden onset that commonly follows a benign course with symptoms such as fever, rashes, swollen lymph nodes, exhaustion, and severe pains in muscles and joints. Fever and muscle pain lasts for, approximately, one to two weeks. Dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) is a complication of dengue that causes circulatory collapse (shock), abdominal pain, and hemorrhage (bleeding).
John Paul reminded the public about the “4S” strategies to prevent dengue cases and deaths, namely: 1) search and destroy mosquito breeding places; 2) seek early consultation; 3) self-protection method, and 4) support fogging/ spraying in hot spot areas to prevent an impending outbreak.