Health Department Reports Decrease in Dengue Cases Across the Country

Cases of dengue have shown a decline nationwide despite the increase in scattered rains, according to the Department of Health (DOH). The DOH reported a decrease in cases from 5,380 between March 24 and April 6 to 5,211 between April 7 and April 20. An even greater drop of around 30% was seen from April 21 to May 4, with only 3,634 cases recorded. However, the health department warned that these numbers may change due to delayed reporting.

So far this year, the Philippines has recorded 59,267 dengue cases, resulting in 164 deaths. Health Secretary Teodoro Herbosa emphasized the importance of proactive measures, stating, “This early, before the full swing of the rainy season, families and communities should search and destroy mosquito breeding sites—anywhere or anything where water can accumulate and stay still.”

Dengue is a viral illness transmitted by mosquitoes in warm climates like the Philippines. Symptoms of dengue include high fever, severe headache, muscle and joint pains, nausea, and rashes. These symptoms typically appear four to 10 days after being bitten by a mosquito and can last for two to seven days. While most people recover within a week or two, dengue can become severe, requiring hospitalization. Signs of severe dengue include severe abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, rapid breathing, bleeding gums and nose, fatigue, restlessness, blood in vomit or stool, intense thirst, pale and cold skin, and weakness.

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