The Philippines Department of Health (DOH) has warned the public of the W.I.L.D. or the four most common deadly diseases during the rainy days in the country. These W.I.L.D. diseases are the Water-borne, influenza, leptospirosis and dengue fever diseases.
With these four diseases, there are also four reminders that we need to take note of the DOH gives.
1. Make sure water is potable.
2. Maintain strong immune system.
3. Avoid wading in flood waters.
4. Reduce open collections of water
But the most important of all is to maintain a clean hands thru constant and proper hand washing.
Obviously, I am not feeling well. I have a low grade fever, vanishes after taking medicine but after 4 to 5 hours, the fever comes back which caused me to just stay in bed. I don’t suffer from headache, flu or cough; but just plainly feeling tired.
After my 2-week absences in school, I hope to get ready myself to go back to school this Monday but I am somehow afraid if this fatigue could cause me to be absent again from school. Praying and hoping that this would not cause me much stress.
The Department of Health (DOH) reported the highest number of cases this year of the Chikungunya Fever at the Western Visayas. There are 175 residents being affected by the said fever.
Chikungunya fever caused by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (image from gmanews.tv)
But what really is a Chikungunya Fever?
According to the World Health Association, Chikungunya fever is a viral illness that is being spread thru the bites of infected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. The fever typically lasts from five to seven days and frequently causes severe and often incapacitating joint pain which sometimes persists for much longer periods. It is rarely life-threatening. There is no specific treatment for the disease but analgesics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication may be used to reduce the pain and swelling. Aspirin should be avoided.
WHO recommended techniques to avoid Chikungunya Fever:
- wear clothes that cover as much skin as possible;
- use mosquito repellents on exposed skin and on clothing in accordance with label instructions;
- use mosquito nets to protect babies, older and sick people and others who rest during the day. The effectiveness of mosquito nets can be improved by treating them with WHO-recommended insecticides.
- use mosquito coils and insecticide vaporizers during the daytime.