Philippines declares national alert following 450 deaths from dengue fever

Philippines  health officials have declared a ‘National Dengue Alert’ after there were spike in the number of cases which left more than 450 people dead since January.

About one hundred thousand cases were reported across the Philippines since the beginning of 2019, which is an 85% rise compared 2018.

An epidemic has been declared in four regions that are home to 20 million people. Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, and Northern Mindanao are on alert, while other regions are being monitored.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection which causes flu-like symptoms, including piercing headaches, muscle and joint pains, fever and full body rashes. It is common in sub-tropical climates such as the Philippines, India and Brazil.

A recent study concluded that climate change and rising global temperatures see more mosquitoes carrying diseases.

This surge in dengue cases comes as the country is grappling with a nationwide measles outbreak, which authorities say has killed more people so far this year than all of 2018.

The most effective ways to prevent dengue is searching and destroying mosquito breeding places, using of mosquito repellents, and seeking early consultation when the first signs and symptoms of disease appear.

Source : Various