Dengue Killing Spree — the Philippines is one of the tropical countries affected by the dengue virus. The number of people dying from such killer bite is getting higher every year.
August statistics show that there are 51,597 people afflicted over the Philippines. Sadly, 324 of those have died summing up to 0.63 percent fatality rate. This is extremely alarming compared to the cases last year which accounting to 293 deaths. It’s time to make a move and the government should be alarmed about this silent killer virus.
These tiny bloodsuckers and the virus they’re carrying afflicted most of the National Capital Region (22.24 percent), Calabarzon (14.08 percent) and Central Luzon (13.65 percent).
Blood for Blood Epidemic
An infected female aedes mosquito transmits the Dengue virus (DENV) – transmitted to the body through the blood stream. No one is safe with these mosquitos for it can smell 30 meters especially the carbon dioxide that you exhale. What makes these bloodsuckers more dangerous is that they hunt through the day – from sunrise to sunset. That’s why the only thing we at least do – is to clear all possible breeding grounds and wear repellants to keep them at bay.
Normally, an infected person feels the symptoms from 5 to 7 days ranging from 3 to 14 days. The symptom includes:
- Red eyes and eye pain
- Fever and flushed face
- Lower back pain
- Rashes in the arms and legs, and then spreads on the chest and lower abdomen
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Severe joints and muscle pain
- Weakness and headache
If the patient lefts untreated for a long period, they begin to develop red spots on the body and start to vomit blood due of internal hemorrhage. If still left untreated, this leads to death because the internal organs can no longer function because of extreme internal bleeding.
Your Blood Gives them a Chance to Live
Dengue is a self-limited illness and will only need supportive care however; these might not be true with aggravated cases and people with weak immune systems. Newly born babies and senior citizens will not have the same fight compared to young and fully-grown individuals. They may suffer from extreme red blood cell drop and this time you can lend a hand.
The Philippine Red Cross needs you more than ever. Donate to the Philippine Red Cross Blood Bank if you have enough rest for the day, no alcohol consumption for at least 24 hours prior to blood donation, fit and healthy to donate. Let’s help our brothers and sisters in their fight for life. Check out Red Cross’ guidelines on how to give blood.