Urging the government to revisit the policy of using dengvaxia vaccine against dengue amid rising cases of the disease in the country, Iloilo Rep. Janette Garin said the mosquito-borne infection was “made and discovered” in the Philippines. This is unproven.
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In Southeast Asia, the first epidemic outbreak of dengue was reported to have occurred in the Philippines in the 1950s. WHO described this outbreak as severe dengue, or dengue hemorrhagic fever, which affected many children. Severe dengue causes serious bleeding, organ impairment, respiratory distress, among other flu-like symptoms.
While there remains no cure for dengue, physician Arthur Roman, an infectious disease specialist at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, reminded the public to use insect repellents and mosquito nets (kulambo) when sleeping, cover water containers where mosquitoes could breed, and get rid of stagnant water sources to prevent infection.
Editor’s note: This article was updated to correct the date of publication of the WHO study. The original version stated it was in 1996, when it should be 1993. We apologize for the mistake.
This article was again updated on Aug. 3, 2022 to reflect the video fact check.
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