“Dengue is a clever and cunning disease, a serious and potentially fatal,” according to Dr. Sally Gatchalian, Secretary of the Philippine Pediatric Society. True indeed, dengue kills and it affects everybody including children and adults alike. Unfortunately, dengue affects more kids and most vulnerable ones are children whose age are from 1 to 9 years old. But that doesn’t mean that adults are potentially safe. In some regions, dengue has reached epidemic proportions.
What is dengue and how do we get protected from this disease?
Dengue is caused by deadliest insect in the world, the Aedes aegypti mosquito and is most rapidly spreading mosquito-borne disease in the world and more rampant in countries with tropical climates like the Philippines. So it is very crucial for everybody in the community to cooperate with each other to fight and prevent dengue.
“Dengue is a worldwide health issue and based on World Health Organization (WHO) records, there have been 100 million dengue cases recorded and 5 percent resulted in death,” points out Department of Health Undersecretary Dr. Eric Tayag.
Here are 4 truths about the clever and cunning disease called dengue:
1. The popular myth is once you’ve already contracted dengue, you will not be infected by the disease again. Wrong. The truth is, you can get sick from dengue up to 4x in your lifetime because there are 4 types of dengue virus.
2. Dengue virus can be transmitted through cough, touch, or close contact. Nope. The only way to contract dengue is through the bite of a female Aedes aegypti mosquito infected with the virus.
3. Burning garbage or dry leaves will not prevent dengue because it does not kill the disease.
4. If done properly, fogging will not only drive away mosquitoes, but likewise kills them. Fogging should be done in cases of outbreak, and during peak biting time.
5 symptoms of dengue to take notice of.
1. High continuous fever that will last for 2-7 days.
2. Hemorrhagic manifestation of bleeding of nose and/or gums.
4. Skin flushing.
5. Loss of appetite.
Remember, in case a virus of dengue is evident in the family or in your community, seek immediate consultation and self-protection measures.
GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies and maker of doctor-recommended Paracetamol Calpol, joins forces with the Department of Health and the Philippine Pediatric Society in spearheading a campaign called “Aksyon Laban sa Dengue: A Dengue Fever Awareness and Education Program” as well as Barangay Caravan that will bring dengue fever awareness efforts to grassroots level.
Calpol, a product of GSK, contains Paracetamol specially designed to offer effective relief from the discomforts of pain and fever among children. Calpol also has the broad suitability associated with standard paracetamol so you can be assured that it wont harm your child when used as directed.
If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.
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