DENGUE, MEASLES AND OTHER INFECTIONS

DENGUE

During this rainy season, DENGUE fever is on the rise. This is caused by the dengue virus, transmitted to humans thru the bite of an infected mosquito. Symptoms include high fever, body aches, headache, skin rashes, pain behind the yes, nausea, vomiting. It is notorious for lowering the platelet counts of patients that may lead to bleeding.
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FLU

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. READ MORE (make this a hyperlink to pdf file)


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Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases president Dr. Mario Panaligan says there is no new measles virus strain in the country.





VARICELLA ZOSTER (CHICKENPOX)

Chickenpox is an infection caused by a virus called varicella-zoster virus (VZV). This virus can stay in the body for years and later cause a painful rash called "shingles." .

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HERPES ZOSTER (SHINGLES)

Herpes zoster, also known as shingles, results from reactivation of latent varicella-zoster virus (VZV) that gained access to the nerves during varicella (chickenpox).

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DIARRHEA

A tripartite project of PSMID with the DOH and SLH on the first local CPG on acute infectious diarrhea was finally signed by USEC Cabutaje. This will serve as the Philippine reference manual to standardize diagnosis and management of infectious diarrhea among immunocompetent children and adults. This CPG shall mark the beginning of our success towards significant reduction of preventable morbidity and mortality due to diarrhea. .



This is the message of our PSMID President:

”As the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (PSMID) upholds its commitment to address the health care needs of the Filipino people in the management, prevention and control of infectious diseases with the highest standards of care, it is indeed timely that we now have the Clinical Practice Guidelines on Acute Infectious Diarrhea available for clinical use. In collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH) and San Lazaro Hospital (SLH), essential evidence-based recommendations were made and put together, answering important relevant clinical questions, which will serve as helpful guides on handling diarrhea in immunocompetent adults and children. Diarrhea has remained one of the top ten (10) causes of morbidity in the country, with watery diarrhea ranking number 7 in 2014 (Philippine Health Statistics, DOH). In 2013, diarrhea and gastroenteritis presumed to be infectious in origin, ranked 7 in the top causes of infant mortality. As we release the pocket guide reference of the guidelines, it can be readily available and therefore improve patient care delivery at the onset, thereby decreasing the associated complications and lower down the likelihood of dying. It is certainly our desire to continue working for the best quality care we can give to our patients. We shall remain steadfast, as we continuously monitor the outcomes of the recommendations and interventions that we employ. Let us pursue our goal of ONE HEALTH for Filipinos.”

Upcoming Event:

”As the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (PSMID) upholds its commitment to address the health care needs of the Filipino people in the management, prevention and control of infectious diseases with the highest standards of care, it is indeed timely that we now have the Clinical Practice Guidelines on Acute Infectious Diarrhea available for clinical use. In collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH) and San Lazaro Hospital (SLH), essential evidence-based recommendations were made and put together, answering important relevant clinical questions, which will serve as helpful guides on handling diarrhea in immunocompetent adults and children. Diarrhea has remained one of the top ten (10) causes of morbidity in the country, with watery diarrhea ranking number 7 in 2014 (Philippine Health Statistics, DOH). In 2013, diarrhea and gastroenteritis presumed to be infectious in origin, ranked 7 in the top causes of infant mortality. As we release the pocket guide reference of the guidelines, it can be readily available and therefore improve patient care delivery at the onset, thereby decreasing the associated complications and lower down the likelihood of dying. It is certainly our desire to continue working for the best quality care we can give to our patients. We shall remain steadfast, as we continuously monitor the outcomes of the recommendations and interventions that we employ. Let us pursue our goal of ONE HEALTH for Filipinos.”