"The Department of Health (DOH) today calls on local executives and families to intensify mosquito prevention and control measures at home and in the community, and to protect themselves from being bitten by mosquitoes, particularly in high-risk areas. As the country moves further into the rainy season, there is typically a rise in mosquito borne diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya and now Japanese Encephalitis (JE)."
What is Japanese Encephalitis (JE)?JE is a viral disease characterized by inflammation of the brain (encephalitis). Most persons who get infected have no telltale signs and symptoms 5 to 15 days after being bitten by a mosquito.
What are the signs and symptoms of Japanese Encephalitis (JE)?
- in severe cases, neck stiffness, seizures, paralysis, and coma which may lead to death. ***Severe cases require prompt hospitalization.
What's more about Japanese Encephalitis?The virus is passed on to humans through a bite of a day- and night-biting mosquito (Culex tritaeniorhyncus). These mosquitoes commonly thrive in rural and agricultural areas. In urban areas, these mosquitoes surround houses with water storage containers. Transmission can occur year-round, often with a peak during the rainy season when mosquito populations are higher. JE is endemic in large parts of Asia including the Philippines.
Message of the Secretary, Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial“I urge the public to take JE preventive measures following the 4-S against Dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases. This includes getting rid of standing water, maintaining environmental cleanliness and eliminating potential breeding places of mosquitoes - not only within our homes, but in the entire community! Wear protective clothing such as long-sleeves and pants or socks to avoid mosquito bites, using mosquito nets at night time or even at day time or stay in well mosquito protected places like our screened homes and using FDA-approved insect repellents. When we get sick or our children develop fever for two days or flu-like symptoms, seek immediate consultation at the nearest health facilities. Let us avoid unnecessary and indiscriminate fogging activities,”