Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Dengue in Davao
Maid Elizabeth Skype'd the other afternoon (6 a.m. Davao time) and said "Mom, one of the girls has a rash that is spreading over her body, she is spiking a fever and her whole body aches. I seem to remember one of the diseases you wrote about presenting in a similar manner - what is it?" The first thing that popped into my mind was Dengue Fever, a mosquito born disease that has become more common recently. After quickly reading up on the disease, we found that it is prevalent during the hot, rainy season (they are in the hot, rainy season in Davao right now). It is characterized by sudden high fever with chills, sever body aches, headache and sore throat.
The described symptoms were exactly what the girl was suffering. What a relief it brought to all the girls to have an idea what they were up against. Wild suggestions had been floating around - everything from the flu to meningitis had been mentioned. While Dengue can be miserable, it is not contagious and certain precautions can be taken to protect other persons from contracting it. Because they knew what they were dealing with, the girls hauled out their mosquito netting and filled their bottles of Backwoods Off.
Like everything else in life, the more we know, the better off we are. All of the girls were able to rest easier, knowing they were not in danger of some dread disease, and the young lady that was ill, knows what steps to take to recover her health.
The Prepared Family Guide to Uncommon Diseases helped it's first patient! I'm am thrilled beyond words and humbled to have been of some little help.