MANILA, Philippines—The World Health Organization (WHO) avowed yesterday that Philippines is one of the Asian countries with the highest cases of dengue virus across Western Pacific.
Dr. Mark Jacobs, WHO director for communicable disease, affirmed yesterday at an Asian Development Bank event that Southeast Asian nations have the utmost number of dengue manifestation in Asia Pacific, including Philippines, Laos, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Singapore
“Asia-Pacific stands 75% of recent worldwide disease burden from dengue, projected at 50-100 million yearly,” noted Jacobs in his presentation.
Dr. Jacobs, himself, added dengue increased fivefold in the last five decades worldwide.
Dengue is an incapacitating virus-related ailment of the tropics, transferred by mosquitoes triggering abrupt fever and severe pains in joints.
Aedes aegypti mosquito is the prime trajectory of dengue. The said infection is conveyed to humans through the bites of infested female mosquitoes.
Earlier 1970, only nine nations had experienced severe dengue spates. Today, the said disease is now widespread in almost 100 countries in Africa, US, the Eastern Mediterranean, South-east Asia and the Western Pacific.
Alfred Mark Rosete
ABCom, Leyte Normal University