DENGUE FEVER: DOH ‘upsurge’ alert

September 10, 2006 at 3:11 pm Leave a comment

The writing was on the wall for some time in some places near where I live and work the daily numbers of people who report cases is almost as common as the flu to some metro manila doctors who know how to treat the desease.

But since the desease is endemic – meaning it is a local codition that has existed here- the best meathods of treatment are actually here per the WHO regional offices for Asia.

[]…”Philippine health department raises alert against dengue fever
they can be checked at once.”. Dengue is a mosquito-borne disease that is endemic to the Philippines. Its symptoms are high fever …”[]

DepEd intensifies dengue prevention in schools
Philippine Information Agency, Philippines – — In view of the recent upsurge in dengue-related cases in Morong, Rizal and in Metro Manila, Department of Education (DepEd

Fogging operations worsen dengue spread: Philippine authority
People’s Daily Online, China –
The Philippines‘ health authority warned on Friday that fogging operations against mosquitoes carrying dengue virus should be stopped, because the method could


Dengue haemorrhagic fever: diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control
Information on dengue, including a list of those countries where outbreaks have occurred

People I work with; and those I know have had several cases reported in many schools around metro manila – and elsewhere – some have also had these cases heard of in large numbers in Malabon and Pangasinan yet there seems to be no major effort to raise an alarm.

More so say experts because the best thing here is for people not to panic – Dengue is curable if caught in time – but it is not something to be taken lightly.

[] …”Dengue epidemic kills 9 in Philippines

People’s Daily Online, China – At least nine people were killed by a dengue epidemic in the province of Pangasinan 150 kilometers north of Manila in the past six weeks, the Philippine News
Pangasinan dismisses dengue fears ABS CBN News … ” []

While Government seems to be taking the issue as part of the usual season of dengue – it is after all endemic to the country – what is it ? Why is there not so many worries? Well medical reports do clearly show that if tested properly and taken care of at first notice the survival rate is high – with less than 1% resulting in death. But, that is the key- early detection – survival rate is 80 per cent if not taken into consideration and treated at home. the bottom line is those who are more affected are those people who in the danger group.

The world health organization has extensive information on the disease – and also the information that all parents should be aware of or those who have senior citizens in their homes since the two elderly and very young are the most susceptible to the disease.


Dengue fever is a severe, flu-like illness that affects infants, young children and adults, but seldom causes death.

The clinical features of dengue fever vary according to the age of the patient. Infants and young children may have a non-specific febrile illness with rash. Older children and adults may have either a mild febrile syndrome or the classical incapacitating disease with abrupt onset and high fever, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains, and rash.

Dengue haemorrhagic fever is a potentially deadly complication that is characterized by high fever, haemorrhagic phenomena–often with enlargement of the liver–and in severe cases, circulatory failure. The illness commonly begins with a sudden rise in temperature accompanied by facial flush and other non-specific constitutional symptoms of dengue fever. The fever usually continues for two to seven days and can be as high as 40-41°C, possibly with febrile convulsions and haemorrhagic phenomena.

In moderate DHF cases, all signs and symptoms abate after the fever subsides. In severe cases, the patient’s condition may suddenly deteriorate after a few days of fever; the temperature drops, followed by signs of circulatory failure, and the patient may rapidly go into a critical state of shock and die within 12-24 hours, or quickly recover following appropriate volume replacement therapy.


There is no specific treatment for dengue fever. However, careful clinical management by experienced physicians and nurses frequently saves the lives of DHF patients. With appropriate intensive supportive therapy, mortality may be reduced to less than 1%. Maintenance of the circulating fluid volume is the central feature of DHF case management.

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