Health Advisory: Precautions against Dengue

Health Advisory: Precautions against Dengue

by UA&P News Desk on July 29, 2013 - 6:07 pm

Dengue cases are normally more prevalent during the rainy season. Thus, greater vigilance should be practiced to minimize the incidence of this disease. Everyone is advised to take measures to protect themselves against dengue-carrying mosquitoes, for instance:

● Use dermatologically safe mosquito repellents on your clothing and exposed skin.
● Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks and closed shoes to avoid mosquito bites, especially at dusk and dawn.

In addition, the following precautions can be taken at home:

● Use anti-mosquito nets.
● Use screens on door and windows.
● Spray insecticides under tables and behind curtains.
● Throw away, turn over or empty any containers or items that may accumulate rain water.
● Avoid having plants that could accumulate rain water in their containers.
● Clean flower vases every week (change water).
● Always place a tight lid on containers used for water storage (i.e. buckets, drums, etc.)
● Check that there are no mosquito larvae (kiti-kiti) in stored water.

To help safeguard the UA&P community against dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases, the University, under the direction of Architect Raymund Go, Campus Maintenance and Planning Manager, continues to implement the following year-round pest control measures:

● Pouring of hot water on drains with stagnant water (i.e. floor drains, culverts, etc.), done twice a week.
● Deployment of electronic mosquito killer lanterns in strategic locations.
● Regular mosquito misting.

In addition, the followings steps have been taken:

● Removal of plants (i.e. bromeliads, etc.) that accumulate water.
● Utilization of Mosquito Terminating System (by iPower Products & Systems Inc.).
● Coordination with the Local Government to conduct mosquito termination activities at the nearby creek.
● Coordination with the University’s pest control contractor to assess current measures and include additional ones specific to mosquito control.

Please report suspected cases of dengue to the University Clinic. Signs and symptoms include:

● Fever of more than two days duration (usually high-grade, 40 degrees centigrade)
● Chills
● Headache, backache and other body pains
● Rash (flushed, reddish or pale pink)

If you or a family member experiences these symptoms, please consult a physician or visit the nearest clinic, health center, or hospital immediately.

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