Mosquitoes Living in The Philippines
It seems we expats are not the only one that wish to live in the Philippines. Along with more than 86 million people we must have billions of mosquitoes. Haha, I’ve not actually tried to find the number of them. Today, I found three recent alarming articles about the mosquitoes that live in the Philippines.
This double malaria and dengue attack we are under is alarming. The malaria outbreak is not that far from Cebu.
Malaria In The Philippines
There is now an official malaria epidemic in Camarines Norte province in the Bicol region of the Philippines.
The Department of Health (DOH) in Bicol has declared a malaria epidemic in Camarines Norte after 182 residents of one town in the province were stricken by the mosquito-borne disease.
Dengue In the Philippines
For the last few weeks, I’ve been watching reports from all over the Philippines reporting an alarming increase in the number of of Dengue cases in the Philippines. An increase of 40% according to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC)
Citing data from the Department of Health, the PRC said the number of cases in the first half of 2010 escalated to 25,283 or 40 percent more from the same period in 2009.
“The rise in the number of dengue cases for the first half of 2010 is very alarming. Thus, PRC should double its efforts to prevent dengue,” former senator and PRC chairman Richard Gordon said in an article on the PRC website.
The PRC also noted the highest number of dengue cases this year were recorded in Region VIII (2,940), Region IV-A (2,751), Region XII (2,708) and Metro Manila (2,618).
A total of 18,055 dengue cases were reported in the same period last year.
A third story I read today was brought on by comments from the Chief Health Officer of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). He has expressed concerned about high rate of dengue throughout Southeast Asia. Cambodia was mentioned as also having a large increase in the number of dengue cases.
The Center of Disease control in Atlanta suggested sleeping under an air conditioner and using bed nets if ones home is not well screened. There is no vaccine to prevent dengue and I know two
expats that have suffered from it. One said it made him very ill. The other said he had it for quite a while before he even knew he had it. It is a killer when it comes to the elderly and children. Since I have lupus, it probably wouldn’t be the best thing that could have happen to me either.
This double malaria and dengue attack we are under is alarming. The malaria outbreak is not that far from Cebu. The malaria epidemic is in a very rural area though and I hope it does not come my way. It is one Cebu Experience that I can do without. For those of us living in the Philippines and yes those of us living in Cebu, its a fact of life. Dengue and malaria too could come for a visit.
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