DOH warns the public against summer diseases

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 10 2016 06:27 PM | Updated as of May 12 2016 03:00 PM

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Usual bonding activities during the warm season include outdoor activities like swimming and picnics. The Department of Health, however, warns the public against common and contagious summer diseases.

“The public should be wary of diseases prevalent during this season,” said Department of Health spokesperson Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy. 

The most common disease is conjunctivitis or sore eyes due to contagious harmful bacteria. The health expert advises washing of hands regularly to limit cross-contamination.

“Nalilipat ‘yong mikrobyo sa isang bagay na maaari namang mahawakan ng ibang tao,” said Suy, explaining that a hand-to-eye contact can spread the infection.

Flu is also a common disease and can be easily spread because bacteria grow and spread faster in warm temperature. Among its symptoms include colds and constant cough. 

"Kapag naglalaro ang mga bata, madali rin silang magkahawaan," Dr. Suy warned.

Meanwhile, Suy recommends using sunscreen to protect the skin from UV rays, which could cause sunburns. 

The DOH is also monitoring the rising number of animal bites cases, especially dog bites. Dr. Suy said dogs tend to be more aggressive during this period. 

He stressed that unwashed and untreated animal bites could lead to infections, or worse, rabies. 

Dr. Suy said people should practice good hygiene and sanitation. Regular washing or bathing using soap with anti-bacterial property is effective in preventing these summer diseases.