36 dengue cases in 1st five months

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THIRTY-SIX dengue cases were reported in the sultanate from January to June 4 this year, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said yesterday.

Figures from the ministry also showed 317 dengue cases being reported in 2015, with one patient diagnosed with Dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF).

Dengue is a vector-borne disease transmitted by mosquitoes, causing sudden fever and acute pain in the joints, while DHF or better known as severe dengue causes frequent vomiting and abdominal pain.

The health ministry said out of the 36 dengue fever cases reported as of June 4th 2016, Brunei-Muara saw the most dengue cases while Belait saw the least with only one dengue case recorded.

Statistics showed 19 dengue cases recorded in Brunei-Muara District, while both Temburong and Tutong saw 13 and three dengue cases reported, respectively.

According to figures obtained from MoH yesterday, the majority of the dengue cases recorded in 2015 were also from Brunei-Muara, with 183 dengue cases.

This was followed by Tutong with 98 dengue cases while both Belait and Temburong saw 19 and 17 dengue cases, respectively.

Dengue is classified as the fastest growing vector-borne disease, and the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 100 million cases occur annually, with more than 2.5 billion people in over 100 countries at risk of contracting dengue.

Although dengue is similar to a mild fever, the vector-borne disease can become serious and result in death from DHF.

Brunei’s health ministry said while there is no specific medication for dengue infection, it is preventable.

“Dengue usually clears up by itself within one to two weeks. Persons who think they have dengue should use analgaesics (pain relievers) such as paracetamol,” said MoH.

“They should also rest, drink plenty of fluids, and consult a doctor. If their symptoms become worse, they should go immediately to the hospital,” MoH added.

To help ensure effective control and prevention, members of the public are advised to be cautious and maintain a clean environment in order to eliminate breeding places of mosquitoes.

Remove trash regularly, especially those that can collect water, the ministry said.

Brunei and its ASEAN counterparts observe ASEAN Dengue Day every June 15th.

This year, ASEAN Dengue Day 2016 carries the theme ‘Community Empowerment: A Sustainable Success to Fight Dengue’.

The annual observance day was established in 2000, with an aim to increasing public awareness on dengue, mobilise resources for disease prevention and control and strengthen regional collaboration and responsibilities to control dengue across Asia, including Brunei.

Countries marking ASEAN Dengue Day include Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The Brunei Times