Two persons have died from dengue in Negros Occidental this year, Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, Provincial Health Officer, said yesterday.
Tumimbang said there have also been 18 cases of dengue reported in the province from January 1 to March 19 this year compared to 30 in the same period last year.
Dengue is transmitted by the bite of an Aedes mosquito infected with any one of the four dengue viruses. It occurs in tropical and sub-tropical areas of the world. Symptoms appear 3 to 14 days after the infective bite. Dengue fever is a febrile illness that affects infants, young children and adults, the World Health Organization said.
Symptoms range from a mild fever, to incapacitating high fever, with severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, and rash. There are no specific antiviral medicines for dengue. It is important to maintain hydration, WHO added.
Dengue haemorrhagic fever is a potentially lethal complication, affecting mainly children. Early clinical diagnosis and careful clinical management by experienced physicians and nurses increase survival of patients, WHO said.*