Outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis Confirmed in the Philippines

FeaturedOutbreak of Japanese Encephalitis Confirmed in the Philippines

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Sudden deaths and hundreds with disabilities in children younger than 15 year sold due to viral encephalitis have been reported across the Southeast Asian countries and all regions in the Philippines as well. The outbreak has been confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and have estimated that there are currently 3 billion people at risk for JE, living in JE-prone areas, including 24 countries in the Southeast Asia and Western Pacific regions. The virus  can cause inflammation of the brain, leading to high fever, headache, fatigue, vomiting, confusion, and in severe cases, seizures, spastic paralysis, and coma. It could also mimic a stroke, as was the case reported in Davao during the second half of 2016. There is no specific treatment for this disease. Japanese Encephalitis (JE) is a leading cause if viral encephalitis in Asia is fatal in 20 to 30% cases and among those who survive, 30% to 50% suffer from permanent disabilities.

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Where Does Japanese Encephalitis Come From?

Japanese Encephalitis is primarily a rural disease. Transmitted by the mosquito vector Culex tritaeniorhynchus via a vertebrate host mostly pigs or wild birds. Up to 3% of mosquitoes may be infected in endemic areas. The species is found in rural and agricultural areas particularly in flooeded rice fields and piggeries. However, an epidemiologic study conducted by Dr Anna Lena Lopez of the National Institute of Health (NIH) published in 2015, showed that the virus circulates in all the regions of the Philippines, including urban areas like Metro Manila.

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How severe is this virus?

Studies conducted by the National Institute of Health (NIH) showed that although majority of cases occur in children younger than 15 years of age, adults remain at risk, with 15% of cases occurring in individuals older than 18 years. In tropical areas, disease can occur year-round. Data from the Department of Health (DOH) Epidemiology Bureau surveillance system revealed that for 2016, among 875 acute meningitis-encephalitis suspected cases reported as of August 2016, 119 (14%) were laboratory-confirmed for JE.

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Prevention is key

Since no cure for the disease exists, the most effective and cost-efficient form of prevention is vaccination. However, the JE vaccine requires multiple doses, which has been a significant barrier in past immunization campaigns. In resource-limited settings, high delivery and storage costs act as financial obstacles for vaccine administration. Additionally, the three-dose regiment compromises compliance rates for individuals unable to return to health care facilities for numerous dosages.

In the past, chemical control of vector populations with the use of pesticides was successful in breaking the transmission cycle. However, this is now only considered a short-term solution due to increased levels of insecticide resistance. Here are few things you can do to prevent the mosquito bites:

  1. Search and destroy mosquito breeding places
  2. Use self-protection measures
  3. Seek early consultation for fever lasting more than 2 days
  4. Say Yes to fogging when there is an impending outbreak
  5. Spread awareness to your fellow parents, students, neighbors about this virus!
  6. Ask your Pediatrician now about the vaccine!

We have to recognize that the Japanese Encephalitis virus is a major health issue and that it is a preventable disease.

“Prevention is better than cure.”

There is a Vaccine to prevent JE

The JE-chimeric vaccine, a live attenuated recombinant vaccine, was first licensed in the Philippines in 2013. The vaccine is produced by Vero cell culture, a cell culture technology recommended by WHO. It is the only JE vaccine available locally, and is approved for use for individuals 9 months old and above, with high immunogenicity rates. *

Remember that adults can get it too! Adults must go to Adult Infectious Diseases instead of  going to Cardiologists for a diagnosis.


*Xing Li et al. Immunogenicity and Safety of Currently Available Japanese Encephalitis Vaccines: A systematic review. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2014 Dec, 10 (12): 3579-3593

Wrapping Up 2016

Wrapping Up 2016

There’s so much to be thankful for and here are some of the most memorable things this year:

I turned 30…

The part-time job I lost before Donald Trump won…

The two clients from Florida who stopped paying us. That’s two month’s worth of pay check…

Le Hub’s dreaded work schedule…

My partners for philantropy…

A partner who believed in me and made me a VP. Valuable Person…

Travels and beautiful places we’ve visited…

That huge cityscape painting JC and I finished for his aunt. I’m never touching acrylic paint in months again… 😛

All the conventions and conferences I have attended. I feel honored as one of the Women in Tech who attended RISE this year…

All the ‘pasalubongs’ my family and friends sent me and my husband…

All the tasteless movies shown this year..

New colleagues who trust our family biz…

My spiritual practice that keeps me grounded and kind…

Netflix…

Few friends who keep in touch with me, and that friend who blocked me on Facebook…

Night outs with my siblings…

New partnerships and humble beginnings…

A memorable December with our grandparents and aunt at home…

Thank you.

 

Love lost, love gained. 

In springtime when I learned love is on the way, I lost love the following week. It was the hardest and perhaps the most (physically and emotionally) painful I’ve experienced. I have no idea what to do and there was no one to help. I had one day to mourn and bounced back the next day to work. I opened up my health risk limited to my clients and colleagues only. It was relieving because their sympathy was sincere and brief. That same week was when the rest of the world is celebrating Mother’s Day while I celebrate my weight loss.

Love gained was when my husband ordered two boxes of pizza. I stopped crying since then. Love gained when few of my friends shared hefty time with me this year. Love gained when I hear our family’s encouragement. Love gained when I wake up every morning saying thanks to a new life, a new beginning.

I Deserve An Overnight Stay at Madison 101 Hotel + Tower!

I Deserve An Overnight Stay at Madison 101 Hotel + Tower!

Join Madison101 Hotel + Tower Bestie Selfie Contest!

Like the page, post a selfie with your best friend on Facebook or Instagram, and use hashtags #madison101 and #madison101hotel to get a chance to WIN AN OVERNIGHT STAY FOR 2 at Madison101 Hotel + Tower!

Contest period Sept 29- Oct 5, 2016.

Madison 101 Hotel + Tower Bestie Selfie Contest
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MADISON 101 HOTEL + TOWER: On Versatility & Convenience

MADISON 101 HOTEL + TOWER: On Versatility & Convenience

Exclusive look on Madison 101 Hotel + Tower in Madison!

Madison 101 is strategically located at the corner of Aurora Blvd. and Madison St., New Manila, Quezon City, right across the Broadway Centrum. It is 5 minutes away from LRT-2 Gilmore Station. A modern hotel for business and leisure, plus dorm also offers a number of function rooms for special events, reviews, and intimate functions.

Madison 101 is known for their iconic lobby that showcases a feel of contemporary New York City. Probably this is one of the reasons why I love Madison 101! I love how minimalist and eco-friendly the hotel is. With the use of earth tones, the hotel signals its coziness and warmth. Madison 1o1 is recommended by TripAdvisor. Madison 101 has high-quality standards at the best rates guaranteed recognized by ZenRooms.com

Here are the affordable hotel room rates perfect for staycation:

  • Single                                    PHP 2,300/night

  • Single Superior                  PHP 2,500/night

  • Double Superior                PHP 2,900/night

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Please Don’t Disturb Me!

Please Don’t Disturb Me!

Trying to fill up spaces with pastel colors! My job was to assist and refine the edges of the painted tree. Mural painting is surely a meditative activity for everyone to try.

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Launch of Women’s Month 2016 Creek Project

Launch of Women’s Month 2016 Creek Project

Parian Creek, Pasig City (National Women’s Month) – Together with the Pasig City government led by Mayor Maribel and Bobby Eusebio, her city Councilors and spouses, POWER group, Gawad Kalinga, and the Pasig Art Club launched a program that sparks community involvement through rehabilitating and beautifying the creek park along the historic Parian Creek also known as “Bitukang Manok.” The main goal is to make the creek side safe for everyone again.

The program involved a mural painting project completed by different people from all walks of life. It was heartwarming to bring the city officials and community volunteers to work towards a common goal: finish a painting. No matter how imperfect the strokes were and color combinations they used, it still came out beautifully. Imagine what we can accomplish if we have compassion to one another and work as a community!

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It was actually amazing how a few college students have inspired the city officials come up with this idea of rehabilitating the creek side. Gelo Domingo, a graduating college student and his friends brought a camera and started filming the creek side one day. The walk way along the creek side looked like an extension of the houses beside it. People made it their tambayan and inuman. A lot of homeless people slept here and became a snatchers’ haven. The local government saw the video and acted on it. There will be another project like this in other barangays too.

Who says you need to be a politician to help other people? You can make your place a better place! Find programs or even start projects that will benefit you, your community and the environment we live in.

Le Posh Blvd Perfume Review

Le Posh Blvd Perfume Review

Here’s a review on two of the best selling Le Posh Blvd perfumes, the Sweet Aqua and Lovely Julia.

Aside from the long lasting scent of Le Posh, the another reason why I love them so is because of how they value their customers as well as the resources they use.

Ingredients and safety: We strive to use high quality and traceable natural ingredients. We prefer to use plant oils.

Formulation and production: We develop our product formulas according to the principles of plant and scent therapy. We based all formulations on ideal standard requirements.

Packaging and communication: We use paper, cardboard and wood from sustainable managed forests.

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Le Posh Blvd focuses on offering to independent and vibrant individuals who may find bigger size with better value and also smallest size with higher value. They may be young and adults but with an inspiration to live life to the fullest. An upcoming line will be focused to the teens with an affordable price range but with a touch of glamour.

 

HAIDIAN FRAGRANT HILLS LTD. CO. (Le Posh Blvd)

#132-C Nena Bldg., Bayani Rd. cor G. Araneta Ave.,Quezon City

Call Ms Jocelyn Chua at (02) 416-1857 to learn more about the upcoming collection. You can order personalized Perfume Sets, Packaging for events souvenirs

AVAILABLE IN THE FOLLOWING OUTLETS

Rustan’s Essences Department Stores

Selected Cinderella stores

http://www.zalora.com.ph

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Instagram: @leposhblvd

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