Dengue virus cases still on the rise
Bureau of Public Health takes to road side to educate the public on Dengue virus as the number of dengue cases continue to rise. In addition to town hall meetings in each hamlet, State and public radio talk shows, they are conducting road side campaign to bring greater awareness to the growing dengue outbreak. [restrict]
Over 150 persons have been infected since outbreak of Dengue Fever was announced in October of last year. Two deaths are confirmed to be caused by dengue although individuals who contracted the dengue already had existing illnesses. Report of another death this weekend of a Bangladeshi national due to dengue is pending confirmation by the Ministry of Health.
With no signs of dengue cases dropping, Bureau of Public Health is aggressively trying to inform the public of this growing problem.
Over 70 percent of the cases are in Koror and with school out for the summer the chances of contracting the virus and spreading it increases tremendously. According to statistics collected since the outbreak, most of those infected are between ages of 10 to 19 and 20 to 29. Approximately 60% of those infected fall between these age groups.
Furthermore, the most active time for the aedes mosquito, the carrier of the dengue virus, is early evening and early morning.
There is no vaccine that can cure Dengue Fever and prevention is the key to fighting the infection.
Bureau of Public Health urges the public to use insect repellant to prevent infection; clean in & around the home to eliminate mosquito-breeding areas, specifically by throwing away trash and draining standing water; and limit outdoor activity during dusk & dawn when mosquitoes carrying the Dengue Fever Virus are most active.
Idid hamlet of Koror State held a community clean-up over the weekend to help combat the dengue carrying mosquito and prevent spread of the dengue virus in their hamlet.
Common symptoms of mild Dengue Fever cases are high fever, headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle & joint pain, rash, and nausea. Severe cases, however, can result in Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever, Dengue Shock Syndrome, and even death. [/restrict]