indentDiwa Party-list Representative Emmeline Y. Aglipay strongly urged local government units to undertake a massive mosquito eradication campaign to prevent the spread of the deadly dengue virus.

indentCong. Aglipay expressed concern that the virus may result to an epidemic.

indentAt least 66 children are now confined at the Quirino Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City. It was reported that one bed at the hospital ward is shared by two to three children, and it is feared that this number could further increase.

indent“Local government units should take the lead in the complete eradication of mosquitoes and their breeding places,” Cong. Aglipay said, while at the same time pointing out the deadly effects of dengue.

indentDengue more commonly occurs in babies and young children, and in contrast to many other infections, it more commonly occurs in children that are well-nourished. Also, women are more at risk than men, a study said.

indentAccording to a medical report, dengue can be life-threatening if it affects people with chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma.

indentDengue fever, also known as break bone fever, is an infectious tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. Its symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, and a characteristic skin rash that is similar to measles. In a small proportion of cases, dengue develops into the life-threatening dengue-hemorrhagic fever resulting in bleeding, low levels of blood platelets, and blood plasma leakage, or into the dengue shock syndrome resulting in dangerously low blood pressure.

indentCiting medical specialists about dengue, Congressman Aglipay said that the disease could be prevented by the elimination of mosquito breeding grounds like stagnant water.

indentDengue is caused by the bite of an Aedes aegypti mosquito. This kind of mosquito bites only during daytime.