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June 10, 2022 (Friday) 12nn
"DENGUE ALERT SA PANAHON NG PANDEMYA”
DR. EVALYN A. ROXAS
Associate Professor, Dept. of Microbiology
College of Public Health, UP Manila
Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases
Dept. of Medicine, UP-PGH
DR. BELLE M. RANILE
Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist
DR. ZELIG JAVIER
Environmental Health & Sanitation
Cebu City Health Department (CCHD)
Former Dengue Coordinator of CCHD
Synthesis and Closing Remarks::
DR. STELLA. MARIE L. JOSE
Deputy Director for Health Operations
UP-Philippine General Hospital
June 10, 2022
“DENGUE ALERT SA PANAHON NG PANDEMYA”
STOP DENGUE DEATHS
Two weeks ago, Cebu City reported an "alarming rise in cases of dengue" compared to last year. This came as a bit of a surprise as dengue cases dropped during the lockdown phases of the pandemic.
At the moment of writing, an outbreak has yet to be declared, but the cases are increasing and the DOH has just changed its advisory to say that the rising cases of dengue is a "cause of concern" in Central Visayas.
Dengue is endemic to the Philippines. It used to appear in two-three year cycles, particularly at the start of the rainy season. Numbers of cases per year have ranged from 200,000- 400,000 as reported in hospitals, but not everyone with dengue is hospitalized. The disease however can be fatal and thus far, Cebu has reported more than 4,000 cases and 38 deaths. Early diagnosis and knowledge of the general public on the course of the illness - knowing when the disease can become critical and hemorrhagic - within 4-6 days of the onset of the disease can help anticipate the onset of fatal complications and save lives before it is too late.
Prevention is of course key. However, in an endemic area - keeping the case fatality rate low, to less than 1.0 is ideal - or in other words - knowing how to manage patients so that they do not die from dengue complications is a critical part of our response as prevention efforts are limited until such time that a reliable and safe vaccine is developed. Currently, the case fatality rate in Central Visayas is 0.8% so it is time to get ready.
Let us review dengue - a debilitating disease that we are all familiar with - but that we can be more effective in helping our citizens know more about when signs and symptoms require hospitalization as the course of the disease is relatively predictable compared to other viral infections.
What are the latest updates on dengue? What is the role that climate change plays in new and more aggressive behavior of the Aedes egypti mosquito? Singapore has just reported a dengue "emergency" indicating that climate change and extremely hot weather worsens the situation. Dengue is endemic in Singapore and measures are underway to include neighborhood inspection as part of the emergency phase response of the city state.
Dengue is now endemic in 100 of the 198 Member States of the World Health Organization that reported in January 2022, the World Health Organization reported that the increase is 30x that of the last 50 years.
What does every frontliner need to know about a possible surge in dengue in the Philippines due to extreme climate conditions? How can we equip the parents and the community to understand the course of the disease and anticipate whether symptoms are worsening? What does it mean when the fever goes down after a few days? Why does bleeding occur and what are the early signs? What does the rash look like? Why does the fever come back?
On our next episode of STOP COVID DEATHS - we will tackle dengue and how we can stop dengue deaths. Our speakers are: Dr. Evalyn A. Roxas, Associate Professor of the Dept. of Microbiology at the College of Public Health of the University of the Philippines Manila, as well as Clinical Associate Professor of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Dept. of Medicine of the UP-Philippine General Hospital; Dr. Belle M. Ranile, Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist from Cebu City; and Dr. Zelig Javier, Division Head of the Environmental Health & Sanitation of the Cebu City Health Department (CCHD) and former Dengue Coordinator of CCHD.
Stay safe, stay healthy and see you on your credible on-line community.
Together, we can STOP C.O.V.I.D. DEATHS!