The province of Bulacan reported a 20-percent drop in dengue cases in the province, according to the provincial health office.
The Provincial Health Office – Public Health of Bulacan recorded a cumulative 1,395 suspected dengue cases from January 1 to May 29, 2021, which is 20 percent lower compared to the 1,734 cases reported for the same period last year.
Affected population by age ranges from one to 100 wherein majority of the cases happened among ages 11-20 years old, while three dengue-related deaths were also recorded.
Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando noted that this is an achievement because the province can no longer handle a surge of patients coming to hospitals while the world is facing a pandemic.
“Dumating na ang tag-ulan, hindi natin dapat ipagwalang bahala ang iba pang mga sakit na banta sa kalusugan ng ating mga kababayan. Kaya patuloy ang ating kampanya at pagbibigay-diin sa pagsunod sa 4S strategy laban sa Dengue,” Fernando said.
The four S strategy, he said, stands for “Search and destroy” mosquito-breeding sites, employ “Self-protection measures,” “Seek early consultation,” and “Support fogging/spraying” only in hotspot areas where increase in cases is registered for two consecutive weeks to prevent an outbreak.
According to the World Health Organization, the dengue virus is transmitted by female mosquitoes mainly of the species Aedes aegypti and, to a lesser extent, Ae. albopictus and severe dengue is a leading cause of serious illness and death in some Asian and Latin American countries.
There is no specific treatment for dengue/severe dengue. However, early detection of the disease progression associated with severe dengue and access to proper medical care lowers fatality rates to below 1 percent.
About half of the world’s population is now at risk where there are an estimated 100-400 million infections each year.
Meanwhile, the most common symptom of dengue is fever plus aches and pains (eye pain, typically behind the eyes, muscle, joint, or bone pain), nausea, vomiting, and rash that typically last 2–7 days. Those who have these symptoms are advised to visit the nearest health centers or see a doctor if fever persists for two days or more.