Three dengue deaths hit Negros Occidental from January 1 to February 17 this year, compared to four in the same period in 2017, a Provincial Health Office report showed yesterday.
The three deaths occurred in E.B Magalona, Cadiz City, and Bago City.
Dengue cases this year also hit 464,or a six percent increase from 438 last year, the report added.
Sagay City has the most number of dengue cases this year at 60, followed by Bago City with 47, Cadiz City?41, Victorias City?40, Kabankalan City?32, Silay City?31, La Carlota City?28, EB Magalona?25, Manapla?19, Himamaylan City?18;
Murcia?13, Hinigaran?12, Escalante City?12, Talisay City?12, Ilog?11, Calatrava?7, San Carlos City?7, Hinoba-an?6, Isabela?6, Toboso?5, La Castellana?5, Candoni?4, San Enrique?4, Valladolid?4, Binalbagan?4, Cauayan?4, Pulupandan?2, MoisesPadilla?2, Pontevedra?2, and Salvador Benedicto?1.
A World Health Organization advisory describes dengue as a mosquito-borne viral infection causing a severe flu-like illness and, sometimes causing a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue.
“A person infected by the dengue virus develops severe flu-like symptoms. The disease, also called 'break-bone' fever, affects infants, children and adults alike and could be fatal,” it said.
Individuals should suspect dengue when a high fever (40°C/ 104°F) is accompanied by two of the following symptoms: severe headache, pain behind the eyes, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands, muscle and joint pains and rash.
Severe dengue is a potentially deadly complication due to plasma leaking, fluid accumulation, respiratory distress, severe bleeding, or organ impairment.
The warning signs are severe abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, rapid breathing, bleeding gums, blood in vomit, fatigue, and restlessness, WHO said.
There is no specific treatment for dengue fever.
Patients should seek medical advice, rest and drink plenty of fluids. Paracetamol can be taken to bring down fever and reduce joint pains. However, aspirin or ibuprofen should not be taken since they can increase the risk of bleeding, the WHO added.*CPG
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