Dengue cases rising amid rainy season

Posted at 08/13/12 7:50 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Dengue fever cases are rising amid the rainy season, health officials warned Monday.

At the children's ward of the East Avenue Medical Center, as many as 3 dengue patients share one bed.

Some, like Jose Arnel, thought they were suffering from the flu due to the bad weather.

It took him 4 days to seek treatment at the hospital, where he found out he had stage 3 dengue.

"Dumagsa talaga ang mga pasyente ngayon," said Dr. Agatha Sadang, pediatrics specialist at the East Avenue Medical Center.

A total of 35 children are current confined at the hospital because of dengue, while parents of around 30 sought consultation for their children who have dengue-like symptoms.
It's the same situation at the Quirino Memorial Medical Center, where several patients are forced to share a bed.

"'Di na baleng nahihirapan, basta gumaling anak ko," said one parent, Editha Rubia.

According to the Department of Health (DOH), dengue is at its peak in August and September.

More people are prone to the disease because of the nonstop rains and stagnant water.

"Ngayon, iyung hitik na hitik sa kaso, mas lalo pang dadami dahil sa habagat at 'Gener'," said DOH spokesman Dr. Eric Tayag.

DOH records show that the number of dengue cases in the country has reached 62,040, while 388 have died from the illness.

The DOH reminded the public to immediately seek medical help when they start showing symptoms of dengue. - report from Sol Aragones, ABS-CBN News; ANC