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DOH-8 intensifies dengue awareness campaign

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By Gemma Tabao

TACLOBAN CITY, August 8 (PIA) -- As it recently marked the “Dengue Awareness” month, the Department of Health (DOH) in Eastern Visayas once more urged the public to always observe “Four S”(4S) strategy in order to stamp out dengue or its possible outbreak.

The “4S strategy” is still proven the best way to prevent dengue. It stands for Search and destroy mosquito breeding places; Seek early consultation whenever symptoms are observed; do Self-protective measures like wearing pajamas and long-sleeved shirts; and, Say no to indiscriminate fogging.

A DOH-8 report, bears that the intensified anti-dengue campaign in the recent past, ­­­ reduced the dengue cases to 1,779 for the period January 1 to July 7, 2018, from 2,283 cases recorded during the same period last year, majority of which came from the Leyte province.

During the same period, an outbreak occurred in Salcedo, Eastern Samar, with 61 cases and 2 deaths.

The Health department further warned public not to ignore the symptoms of the disease, rather act on it at once.

Some people, especially children and teens, may not experience symptoms in mild cases. Usually, Dengue symptoms begin in four to seven days after being bitten by the Dengue-infected mosquito, the warning said.

In most Dengue cases, the Health department further informed that, patients recover their health a week after symptoms occur while other cases worsen or become life-threatening as clot-forming cells in the bloodstream drop. The situation may result to severity of the case, called severe Dengue hemorrhagic fever or the so-called Dengue shock syndrome. (ldl/gtt/PIA-Leyte with reports from the Department of Health)