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The Department of Health is keeping an eye on dengue fever cases.

MANILA – Malacanang told the public on Wednesday that the Department of Health (DOH) is on top of the situation in the country as a result of a reported dengue epidemic in select areas.

The Department of Health (DOH) reported an increase in dengue cases in the Zamboanga Peninsula, Cagayan Valley, Western Visayas, and Davao regions in April.

In an online news briefing, acting Presidential Spokesperson and Communications Secretary Martin Andanar remarked, “Mino-monitor na ito ng Department of Health (The Department of Health is monitoring the situation).”

To prevent dengue transmission, Andanar asked the public to clean up their surroundings.

He offered the suggestion because dengue-carrying mosquitos thrive in filthy environments and stagnant water.

“Pinapaalalahanan natin ang lahat na maging malinis sa kanilang lugar upang huwag pamugaran ng mga lamok na may dalang dengue,” Andanar remarked.

To assist dengue patients, the Department of Health has established fast lanes at hospitals and pre-positioned logistical needs of regional and local governments, including mosquito-control chemicals.

Local governments have also been recommended to undertake the “4S plan,” which includes searching for and destroying mosquito breeding areas, taking self-defense measures, seeking an early diagnosis of symptoms, and supporting spraying or fogging to prevent future outbreaks.

Dengue fever is a viral infection spread by infected mosquitos known as Aedes aegypti, which are most active between two hours after sunrise and two hours before dusk.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most frequent symptoms of dengue include fever, nausea, vomiting, rashes, and aches and pains.

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