After a relatively mild (for the Philippines) first half of the year in 2015 concerning dengue fever, the mosquito borne viral disease has exploded as the cumulative case tally from January through October has reached 142,227.

Aedes aegypti/CDC
Aedes aegypti/CDC

To show how active dengue has been in the past several months, the total cases through the first six months of 2015 was  32,440, including 105 deaths.

The total cases in 2015 to date is a nearly 50 percent increase from the same period in 2014 when 95,000 cases were reported.

Central Luzon, CALABARZON and the National Capital Region (NCR) are the regions of the country with the most cases with 25,049, 24,661 and 17,925 cases, respectively.

Department of Health (DOH)  spokesman Lyndon Lee Suy has called the public to join officials in the battle against dengue–“We cannot control dengue alone… We need everyone’s cooperation..If we would not take responsibility, no matter how many interventions we do, fumigation for instance, we will continue to have a problem if you did not help us,” Dr. Lee-Suy said.

A group of young Filipinos have taken the situation with dengue fever and the Aedes mosquito on with their campaign, Ayoko sa Lamok, click link to learn more> Ayoko sa Lamok: Filipino youth’s battle against dengue fever

According to the World Health Organization, Dengue is transmitted by the bite of a mosquito infected with one of the four dengue virus serotypes. It is a febrile illness that affects infants, young children and adults with symptomsappearing 3-14 days after the infective bite.

Dengue is not transmitted directly from person-to-person and symptoms range from mild fever, to incapacitating high fever, with severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, and rash. There is no vaccine or any specificmedicine to treat dengue. People who have dengue fever should rest, drink plenty of fluids and reduce the fever using paracetamol or see a doctor.

Severe dengue (also known as dengue hemorrhagic fever) is characterized by fever, abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, bleeding and breathing difficulty and is a potentially lethal complication, affecting mainlychildren. Early clinical diagnosis and careful clinical management by trained physicians and nurses increase survival of patients.

Robert Herriman is a microbiologist and the Editor-in-Chief of Outbreak News Today and the Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch

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