REAL TALK: Dengvaxia and Why You Don’t Need It YET

REAL TALK: Dengvaxia and Why You Don’t Need It YET

“There are 4 types of Dengue strains and all of those were transmitted to the Dengvaxia vaccine recipients “, says a pediatric doctor from St. Lukes Hospital Bonifacio Global City in the Philippines.

The pathophysiology of the vaccine clearly implies that ‘Dengvaxia’ isn’t fit for public consumption.

The statistics of Dengue cases in the Philippines may have compelled WHO, Sanofi Pasteur and the Philppine government through its Department of Health to conduct mass testing of the vaccine mostly to public school students.

What was supposed to cure Dengue outbreaks in targeted communities have simply failed to deliver and did exactly unforthcoming- Dengvaxia gave 4 strains of Dengue viruses to the vaccine receptors as if they already had the virus for 4 times already.

As a result, the vaccine will aggravate the respondent’s condition once they get infected by the Dengue-causing mosquito.

What can ‘Dengvaxia’ recipients do? “NOTHING. Unfortunately, they need to be careful not to have the Dengue virus in their system since they cannot afford to have the consequences from the vaccine”, added the source from St. Luke’s BGC.

It was believed that Sanofi Pasteur conducted a clinical trial in the Philippines through the Department of Health with then DOH Secretary Janet Garin‘s supervision.

Clinical trials have different phases and Dengvaxia was said to be on Phase 3. It

was administered to unintentional victims who basically had zero-knowledge of what could arise after testing the vaccine on them.

The Philippine government advises the public not to panic despite the commotion that is already circling the issue.

To understand the phases of clinical testing, watch this:


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ATTENTION: Anthrax Virus Suspiciously Spreading in Thailand Through Animal Meat

ATTENTION: Anthrax Virus Suspiciously Spreading in Thailand Through Animal Meat

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A slaughtered goat was believed to have carried Bacillus anthracis that has already infected a villager in Northwestern Thailand, according to the Public Health Ministry Undersecretary Chetseda Chokdamrongsuk.

Anthrax is a bacterial disease that typically affects the skin and lungs of sheep, goats, cattles and the likes. Transmission to human is possible causing severe ulceration or severe pneumonia in the form of wool-sorter’s disease.

Another villager was suspectedly infected after the goat was slaughtered. The goat was allegedly smuggled from inside Myanmar according to a source. Both cases were villagers of Mae Sot District.


Meanwhile, a previous case of slaughtering smuggled sick goats from Myanmar indicates a serious case of caprine outbreak in Myawaddy, Myanmar. This incident could possibly be a clear linkage of what is currently happening in Thailand.

Source: Xinhua

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Dreaded yet underreported, the Chikungunya virus has already killed 3 out of 5 patients in Nepal.

The said cases were reported from the districts of Chitwan and Syangja projecting a 60 percent fatality rate.

According to Sher Bahadur Pun, MD, PhD, many physicians fail to include CHIKV to most of their diagnosis.

Still, many physicians do not include CHIKV in their differential diagnosis in Nepal. Therefore, it can be assumed that the true number of CHIKV cases is likely to be much higher than what EDCD has reported. -Dr Sher Bahadur Pun, MD, PhD

In Dr. Pun’s letter to Promedmail, Chikungunya was briefly discussed.

Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. It causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Joint pain is often debilitating and can vary in duration. The disease shares some clinical signs with dengue and Zika and can be misdiagnosed in areas where they are common. The proximity of mosquito breeding sites to human habitation is a significant risk factor for chikungunya

Dr. Pun observed that the symptoms of Dengue and Zika Viruses are somewhat similar to Chikungunya making the latter significantly underreported; laboratory confirmation is indeed necessary to differentiate the three viruses.

Just like with Dengue and Zika, a clean environment is essential to combat the risks of mosquitoes lying around bringing fatal vectors close to unsuspecting patients.

Another reason to take Chikungunya seriously is the possibility of brain swelling and inflammation. These rare cases usually occur on infants and adults aged 65 and up; a symptom that is very similar to Japanese encephalitis.

Beware. Clean your community. Be vigilant in your surroundings.

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PRESS RELEASE: Dr. Patricia Cantimbuhan Tells Us About the Importance of Disease Surveillance

PRESS RELEASE: Dr. Patricia Cantimbuhan Tells Us About the Importance of Disease Surveillance

Communicable diseases cause the most deaths in low-income countries around the world. According to Statista, these diseases are Malaria, respiratory infections, Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS,  and diarrheal diseases.

In an interview with Dr. Patricia A. Cantimbuhan, an Infectious Disease Specialist of De La Salle Health Sciences Institute, disease surveillance was put on higlight. Disease surveillance is an important element to defeat a possible outbreak that can disastrously affect a population.

Dr. Patricia A. Cantimbuhan, Infectious Disease Specialist of De La Salle Health Sciences Institute, gives emphasis on the importance of disease surveillance.

    “Health is an important part of our life.  We cannot function properly without good health.  Disease surveillance is one of the ways we can protect our health.

Primary reporting system is an important element.  However, no information is generated unless a report of disease is initiated by a physician, infection control professional or the laboratory. 

These healthcare workers will not be able to generate such information unless people in the community will seek consult or report their conditions to the proper authorities.” 


– Dra. Patricia Cantimbuhan, Infectious Disease Specialist

 When asked about the importance of increasing awareness towards reporting and monitoring of communicable diseases in an area, she simply said: “Vigilance is key.  Everyone plays a role in the promotion of good health.” 

With new technology from superapps like PeN’s virus tracking features, vigilant reporting from a community-generated level could be easily done these days. Health officials can encourage a mandate to report health cases with the use of downloadable  smartphone technology; these reported cases shall be assessed carefully to establish credibilty. 

With such technological improvements, resolving health-related deficits could later on be managed by cutting further complications by easily identifying disease origins. 

Dr. Cantimbuhan stressed that all outbreaks should undergo a systematic investigation to control and defeat it. “Disease surveillance plays an important role in outbreak control.  We need to generate correct, complete and timely data to help direct disease control activities”, she added. 

Prevention is key; But if it’s too late, refrain from self-medication. Dr. Patricia Cantimuhan advises patients to seek medical consult immediately;  Follow the doctor’s advice for isolation;  quarantine and chemoprophylaxis (use of medications) to help stop the spread of disease.

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Since the onset of MERS-COV virus in 2012, 699 casualties have already been reported out of 1,730 laboratory-confirmed cases. 1,014 have recovered while 14 cases are currently being treated as active infections according to Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health.

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In October, 4 new cases were added to the list. According to Saudi’s MOH, these cases were 3 males with ages ranging from 36-59 year-old and a 76-year-old female. The locations where the new cases were found came from Taif, Hufoof and Tabuk; all cases were believed to have had contact with camels.

For suspected cases, it is important to practice clean hygiene at all times. There is currently no available vaccine to prevent the virus. Hence, proper hand washing is advised.

CDC suggests to do the following:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid personal contact, such as kissing, or sharing cups or eating utensils, with sick people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs.

With 9 deaths in October , 3 in September and 8 in August, MERS-COV preventive measures are extremely advised so further fatalities could be prevented.




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Travel Advisory released by CDC; Cholera Outbreak in Chad, Central Africa still in full swing

Travel Advisory released by CDC; Cholera Outbreak in Chad, Central Africa still in full swing

“CDC recommends this vaccine for adults who are traveling to the Am Timan, Goz Beida, or Koukou Districts of Chad. Avoiding unsafe food and water can also prevent many cholera infections. Cholera is rare in travelers but can be severe. Certain may increase the risk of getting cholera or having severe disease.”

Source: CDC Website

Travelers going to Koukou and Goz Beida Districts in Sila Region and Am Timan District in Salamat Region in the southeast of Chad are advised to take precautionary measures before heading to the said locations.

The cholera still hasn’t taken under control after its first case in August 2017.

A total of 445 patients have already suffered and 56 have already succumbed to death.

CDC advised to get vaccinated; eating and drinking safely should also be prioritized since the known causes spread easily on contaminated food and water.

Proper hand washing is also expected at all times.

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