Health officials in Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines reported the first dengue hemorrhagic fever fatality of the year in a seven-year-old boy from Barangay Bolong.
City health officials have reported 64 dengue cases through January 19.
Assistant city health officer, Dr. Cathy Garcia advised parents to immediately seek medical consultation once their children manifest symptoms of dengue to avoid further complications.
Dengue is a disease caused by a virus spread through mosquito bites. The disease can take up to 2 weeks to develop with illness generally lasting less than a week.
Health effects from dengue include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, muscle and joint pain, and minor bleeding.
Dengue can become severe within a few hours. Severe dengue is a medical emergency, usually requiring hospitalization.
In severe cases, health effects can include hemorrhage (uncontrolled bleeding), shock (seriously low blood pressure), organ failure, and death.
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