Surge of dengue cases in Bicol alarms DOH

The rise of dengue cases in the Bicol region has reached alarming levels, Dr. Lyndon L. Lee Suy of the Department of Health-National Center for Disease Prevention and Control noted Friday.

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Since January this year, some 900 cases of dengue have been recorded in the region, 160 of which are from the province of Albay.

Lee Suy explained that DOH considers it alarming when hundreds of patients are affected.
He added that it is time that the national office consider the rise of dengue cases in the region a priority.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DOH) Bicol regional office reminded the public to carry out measures to prevent the spread of dengue and be aware of its signs and symptoms.

Among these are a sudden onset of high fever which may last from two to seven days, joint and muscle pain, pain behind the eyes, weakness, skin rashes, nosebleed, abdominal pain, vomiting of coffee-colored matter, dark-colored stool, and difficulty breathing.

Dengue cases are commonly on the uptrend during the rainy season.

Aside from Bicol, a high number of dengue cases has also been recorded in Dumaguete City, Guihulngan City and Canlaon City.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Dengue Prevention and Control