Posted by Jessie
Being in the Southern Hemisphere, the Philippines are entering their wet "summer" season. The rainy season brings more than just a few storm clouds and typhoons, however; because of poor water/drainage systems, all the rain water has nowhere to go and collects into stagnant pools-- a public health ministry's worst nightmare and a virologists' study site.
Just this last week, the Philippine Department of Health released a public notice to warn people about diseases, such as dengue, that are preventable. Even in the dry months, dengue was already a problem (with 12,734 reported cases and 130 deaths in the Philippines in the first half of 2007).
I thought the "4-S campaign" of the Filipino Department of Health was clever:
* Search and destroy possible breeding grounds for dengue-carrying mosquitoes, such as old tired, broken vases, and bottle caps
* Sleeved shirts (long) and pants for protection
* Seek health professionals for fever if it persists for more than 2 days
* Say no to indiscrimiate fogging.
I'm not sure what that last one means, but I thought recommendations using those 4 S's were really clever...