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The week in photos: October 7-13, 2017

Oct 14, 2017 - 3:29 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

HARVEST. Belarusians harvesting cranberries at a farm in the village of Selishche, south of Minsk on October 9, 2017. Photo by Sergel Gapon/AFP

Children’s health in peril as climate impacts escalate in PH

Oct 13, 2017 - 2:35 PM

More Filipino children face the dangers of vector-borne diseases such as dengue and Chikungunya – another viral disease that shares clinical symptoms with dengue, but is incurable

DOH's tips to protect yourself against the common rainy season diseases

Sep 22, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Here's how you can prevent getting dengue, leptospirosis, cholera, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, and influenza

All graphics by Raffy de Guzman/Rappler

DOH warns vs mosquito bites after 9 deaths from Japanese encephalitis

Sep 07, 2017 - 8:56 AM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says the figure is 44 lower than the same period last year

AVOID MOSQUITO BITES. The DOH issues a warning against mosquito-borne diseases. Graphics by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler

Free dengue vaccine now available in Cebu, 4 Metro Manila cities

Aug 23, 2017 - 1:50 PM

The Department of Health says 43 470 dengue cases were reported nationwide from January 1 to July 1 this year

ADDRESSING DENGUE. DOH's Rhodora Cruz (2nd from left) and GSK's Randy Silva (1st from right) participate in the Allied Against Dengue's roundtable discussion on August 23. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Drug rehab, RH budget, Zika, and other public health newsmakers in 2016

Dec 15, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Here are 8 issues in the public health sector that made headlines in 2016

Gordon hits 'negligence' in DOH's school-based dengue immunization

Dec 06, 2016 - 5:55 PM

Senator Richard Gordon criticizes health workers obvious lack of training in administering the dengue vaccine

Garin not invited? House probe on dengue vaccine cut short

Nov 21, 2016 - 3:20 PM

A lawmaker also wants resource persons to secure approval from the organizations they represent before speaking about the government s school based dengue immunization program

The Allied Against Dengue movement: Saving lives through engagement, empowerment, and education

Nov 14, 2016 - 11:25 AM

Dengue is rife in Philippines and unless we join forces the disease will become the fastest spreading health threat in Philippines

The fight against dengue

Oct 21, 2016 - 12:00 AM

With the number of reported cases still on the rise the threat of dengue is very real in the Philippines What can we do about it?

Gordon wants to probe DOH's school-based dengue immunization

Oct 11, 2016 - 3:46 PM

Around 489 000 public school students in 3 pilot areas will receive their second dose of the dengue vaccine from October to December 2016

DENGUE VACCINE. Senator Richard Gordon says there may be a need to look into the health department's school-based immunization program. Rappler file photos

DOH to expand school-based dengue immunization to Central Visayas

Oct 05, 2016 - 10:20 AM

But the department will hold itself after 5 years before implementing the program nationwide

Mexico joins Philippines, Brazil with dengue vaccine

Sep 10, 2016 - 11:15 AM

We estimate that in Mexico and in other countries that the benefits will outweigh the costs of the vaccine intervention says Guillaume Leroy head of Sanofi s dengue program

DENGUE VACCINE. Sanofi is rolling out the dengue vaccine in the private sector in Mexico while health authorities prepare a public immunization plan. File photo from Sanofi Pasteur

Segala hal yang perlu diketahui tentang demam berdarah dengue (DBD)

Sep 09, 2016 - 11:43 AM

Apa itu demam berdarah dan bagaimana cara mencegahnya?

Petugas melakukan pengasapan (fogging) memberantas nyamuk penyebab demam berdarah) di Desa Kuta Blang, Lhokseumawe, Aceh, pada 5 September 2016. Foto oleh Rahmad/Antara

24 dengue deaths reported in Negros Occidental since January 2016

Sep 01, 2016 - 10:00 PM

Provincial Health Officer Ernell Tumimbang: We’re not entertaining declaring a state of calamity because that’s counterproductive We’re making necessary interventions

DOH: 372 deaths due to dengue since January

Aug 17, 2016 - 12:20 PM

The Philippines is one of 4 countries in the Western Pacific which reported the highest dengue incidence in recent years Dengue fever is potentially fatal and mainly affects children

Dengue cases approach epidemic threshold in Negros Occidental

Aug 12, 2016 - 2:33 PM

From January 1 to August 6 this year a total of 2 520 dengue cases have been reported – a 197 increase compared to the same period in 2015

Fast facts about dengue in PH

Aug 11, 2016 - 6:06 PM

It’s rainy season again Protect your child from this mosquito borne disease by knowing the symptoms methods of prevention and treatment here

DOH identifies 80 barangays as dengue 'hot zones'

Aug 10, 2016 - 2:30 PM

UPDATED These barangays located in 11 regions have reported 3 or more dengue cases for the past 4 consecutive weeks

File photo of Barangay San Matias, Santa Rita, Pampanga from Wikimedia Commons

GSK launches Allied Against Dengue campaign

Aug 09, 2016 - 3:40 PM

Allied Against Dengue AAD was created as a non profit open platform with the aim to empower healthcare providers organizations and communities as well as to reduce the impact of dengue on the nation in a holistic manner from prevention and control to management

Brexit, Comelec conflict, Zika vaccine | 12PM wRap

Jun 24, 2016 - 1:49 PM

Watch Rappler’s 12PM newscast with Zak Yuson

Antibodies found which 'neutralize' Zika virus – study

Jun 23, 2016 - 11:37 PM

The antibodies – frontline soldiers in the immune system – efficiently neutralize Zika in human cells in lab dishes and are also effective against its cousin virus dengue the team reported

FIGHTING ZIKA. US Pathologist of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Brigid Bollweg (C) works at a laboratory of the National Institute of Health in Bogota, Colombia, April 26, 2016. File photo by Leonardo Munoz/EPA

Cebu raises dengue alert as La Niña nears

Jun 05, 2016 - 2:09 PM

The number of dengue cases in Cebu province rises to 1 594 from January to May 2016

DOH denies dengue vaccine to blame for 11-year-old's death

Apr 25, 2016 - 4:50 PM

This comes after an 11 year old boy who had a congenital heart disease died several days after being given the dengue vaccine

DENGUE VACCINE. The world's first-ever dengue vaccine is now available in the Philippines. Photo from Sanofi Pasteur

Santiago on Duterte, Dengvaxia, NBA draft | 12PM wRap

Apr 19, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Watch Rappler’s 12PM newscast with Zak Yuson

PH dengue vaccine safe, effective – WHO

Apr 18, 2016 - 8:57 PM

The WHO s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization says the dengue vaccine is not recommended for use in children under 9 years old and should be given in 3 doses at a 6 month interval

DENGUE VACCINE. The world's first-ever dengue vaccine is now available in the Philippines. Photo from Sanofi Pasteur

PH begins school-based dengue immunization

Apr 04, 2016 - 4:04 PM

Critics however slam the health department for its unusual decision to provide the dengue vaccine to millions of Filipino children just a few months after getting regulatory approval

SCHOOL-BASED IMMUNIZATION. A student from Parang Elementary School gets a shot of Dengvaxia, the world's first-ever dengue vaccine. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

WHO: We cannot speak for or against dengue vaccine for now

Mar 31, 2016 - 4:50 PM

But new WHO country representative Gundo Weiler will give the Philippines technical advice as it administers the dengue vaccine to students

DOH dispels fears on safety of new dengue vaccine

Mar 28, 2016 - 5:55 PM

The health department says Dengvaxia which will be given for free to over one million Filipino children starting next week has undergone extensive clinical trials

WORLD'S FIRST. Dengvaxia, the world's first dengue vaccine, is now available in the Philippines. Photo from Sanofi Pasteur

US gives tentative OK to testing genetically modified mosquitoes

Mar 12, 2016 - 7:46 PM

The aim is to eliminate wild mosquito populations that spread infectious diseases such as Zika dengue chikungunya and West Nile

File photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

Sharp rise of dengue on Chile's Easter Island

Feb 21, 2016 - 11:20 AM

Authorities say they are also monitoring the population for Zika virus and that about a dozen people suspected of having the disease are under observation

#PugadBaboy: Zika virus

Feb 13, 2016 - 5:00 AM

Duterte’s pardon, Dengue vaccine, sanctions vs N. Korea | 6PM wRap

Feb 11, 2016 - 6:39 PM

Watch Rappler s 6PM newscast with Zak Yuson

DOH: Vaccine an 'additional strategy' to fight dengue in PH

Feb 11, 2016 - 5:43 PM

Health Spokesperson Lyndon Lee Suy says actively pursuing steps against dengue such as cleaning one s surroundings is still a better approach as it also targets other mosquito borne diseases such as chikungunya and Zika

FIGHTING DENGUE. The government will procure millions of Dengvaxia doses to immunize Grade 4 public school students in selected regions. Photo from Sanofi Pasteur

World's first dengue vaccine now available in PH

Feb 11, 2016 - 1:41 PM

An initial 300 000 doses will be made available to the private market

DENGUE VACCINE. The world's first-ever dengue vaccine is now available in the Philippines. Photo from Sanofi Pasteur

1.07 million students to get dengue vaccine – DOH

Jan 05, 2016 - 9:22 AM

Poor students in Metro Manila Central Luzon and Calabarzon have been selected to receive dengue vaccine

DENGUE FIGHT. A man holds a plastic case with mosquitoes at a favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 24, 2014. Photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Philippines first Asian country to clear dengue vaccine

Dec 23, 2015 - 12:56 AM

Dengvaxia manufactured by French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi is also being reviewed by around 20 countries in Asia and Latin America

David disqualified, Roxas hits Binay, Dengue vaccine | 12PM wRap

Dec 10, 2015 - 2:21 PM

Watch the 12PM edition of Rappler s newscast The wRap

World's first dengue fever vaccine cleared

Dec 10, 2015 - 8:34 AM

Globally dengue is the fastest growing mosquito borne disease with as many as 400 million people infected every year according to the World Health Organization

FIGHTING DENGUE. A health officer shows a sample of Aedes mosquito larvae during a campaign in Putrajaya, Malaysia, March 1, 2014. File Photo by Ahmad Yusni/EPA

Is it or is it not dengue?

Oct 26, 2015 - 3:45 PM

Signs to watch out for to get ahead of your child’s dengue fever

How to dengue proof yourself and your home

Oct 23, 2015 - 12:04 PM

Keep mosquitoes away with these handy tips

DOH to equip 20,000 classrooms with dengue screens

Oct 10, 2015 - 8:30 AM

The health department records 92 807 dengue cases from January 1 to September 19

Dengue cases to rise in 2016 due to El Niño – DOH

Oct 09, 2015 - 7:30 PM

According to state weather bureau PAGASA the ongoing El Niño may further strengthen and is likely to persist until the second quarter of 2016

Stopping dengue: Don't let your guard down

Oct 06, 2015 - 2:00 PM

In the fight against dengue it s important to disrupt the mosquitoes egg laying habitats and not to be complacent

Taiwan suffers deadliest ever dengue outbreak

Sep 24, 2015 - 4:02 PM

Last year saw 15 732 cases – by far the highest in nearly three decades – with this year shaping up to overtake as there are already 15 282 cases

FIGHTING DENGUE. A chemical warfare soldier fumigates an alley in Tainan City, southern Taiwan, 22 September 2015. Photo by David Chang/EPA

More than 78,000 dengue cases since Jan 2015 – DOH

Sep 23, 2015 - 12:52 PM

The health department records 233 dengue related deaths from January 1 to September 5

DENGUE. In the Philippines, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus are the primary and secondary mosquito vectors. File photo of Aedes albopictus from WikiCommons

Dengue on the rise: 55,000 reported cases so far in 2015

Sep 04, 2015 - 2:00 PM

This is higher than the 50 462 recorded cases during the same period in 2014

Number of dengue cases doubles in Cordillera

Sep 01, 2015 - 4:32 PM

The regional health department is also monitoring possible cases of Japanese encephalitis another serious disease caused by mosquitoes

Almost 800 hospitalized for dengue in Negros Occidental in 2015

Aug 25, 2015 - 9:01 PM

The provincial health office says there has been an 81 increase in the number of dengue cases in the first 8 months of the year compared to the same period in 2014

What are the common rainy season diseases?

Aug 09, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Here are the signs and some prevention tips