The rainy season is about to begin, which means “rainy season diseases” will be more frequent in the Filipino household once again.

But among these, one that was used to be dubbed as a rainy season disease is now one of the most unpredictable viruses in the country today as it looks for its targets at any time of the year.

And that is dengue fever.

Dengue is known as a mosquito-transmitted disease mostly found in tropical countries like Mexico, Africa, Southern China, Taiwan, The Pacific Islands, The Indian subcontinent, and Southeast Asia.

In the Philippines, 126, 386 suspected dengue cases were recorded from January 1 to September 10, 2016. 14 percent higher versus the same period in 2015, data from the Department of Health said.

A total of 1, 019 deaths caused by dengue were recorded by DOE in 2016. With alarming numbers like these, Filipino families should be alert in the event that their kids, parents, husbands or wives are showing signs of having Dengue fever.

What are the symptoms of Dengue fever?

Dengue fever usually occurs between 4 to 10 days after a person is bitten by a dengue-infected mosquito. Its symptoms last 2 to 7 days, beginning with a high fever of 40 degrees Celsius or 104 degrees Fahrenheit and accompanied by AT LEAST TWO of the following symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Pain behind eyes
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Swollen glands
  • Joint, bone, or muscle pains
  • Rash

It doesn’t stop there. These symptoms can develop into severe dengue 3 to 7 days after the first sign of illness. Remember that decreasing temperature doesn’t exactly mean that the person with the symptoms is already recovering. Stay alert for the following symptoms as it may lead to severe dengue:

  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Bleeding gums
  • Vomiting blood
  • Rapid breathing
  • Fatigue/ restlessness

While Dengue causes flu-like symptoms, it’s better to be safe than sorry. These symptoms can lead to severe problems, including dengue hemorrhagic fever that includes high fever, lymph and blood vessel damages, nose and gum bleeding, enlargement of the liver, and failure of the circulatory system.

The symptoms, if not prevented, may lead to massive bleeding, shock, and even death, also known as the Dengue shock syndrome.

So don’t wait until the last minute. If you see these symptoms occur in your loved ones, visit the doctor right away. Visit to learn more about how to keep yourself safe from dengue while enjoying the rainy season.