DOH: Avoid wearing black, dark blue clothes to avoid dengue
06/09/2009 | 10:02 AM
MANILA, Philippines - With “dengue season" now here, health officials advised the public Tuesday to refrain from wearing black or dark blue clothes to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said mosquitoes are attracted to dark blue and black.
“Attracted ang lamok na nagkakalat ng dengue sa maitim ang kulay ... Kailangan siguraduhin nila na ang search and destroy (policy) sa kapaligiran ay ipaiiral [Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors, especially black and dark blue. That’s why we must make sure we search and destroy their breeding places]," Duque said in an interview on dzXL radio.
He said that students whose uniforms are colored black or dark blue should exercise extra caution.
Duque reiterated his advice for the public to take extra effort in keeping their surroundings dry and clean, to prevent dengue-spreading mosquitoes from breeding.
He also said people suffering from fever or body pains should go to a hospital for a checkup right away.
“Medical emergency ang dengue, nakamamatay ito. Sa isang kagat lang baka ka matepok [Dengue is a medical emergency and is potentially deadly. You could die from one mosquito bite]," he said. - GMANews.TV