We have this misconception that dengue fever can be transmitted from one person to another directly, which is totally false!
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We all know that dengue is such an arduous disease which is transmitted via mosquitoes affected by dengue virus. Dengue virus occurs mostly in the tropical areas.
The only way it can spread is if a person gets bitten by dengue virus infected mosquito.
Joint and muscle pain, high fever, severe headache, vomiting and body rashes are some of the symptoms of dengue fever.
Let us learn about some of the facts about dengue:
- Zika is a virus which can be easily transmitted by the bite of a mosquito called Aedes. It also transmits dengue and chikungunya.
- It attacks during the day time. Just early hours of the morning or before dusk.
- Female mosquitoes are the ones that bite and transmit diseases. A male mosquito only depends upon plant nectar for their food.
- A single female mosquito has the capacity to lay around 100 eggs per blood feed.
- Around 50-100 million people get affected each year.
- There are actually two forms of dengue. One is dengue hemorrhage fever and the other one is dengue fever. Dengue hemorrhage fever is more severe and causes death if not treated at the right time.
- They are fond of clean and stagnant water. It tends to avoid dirty and polluted water.
- The most preferred and favorite place where they bite is below the elbow and below the knees.
- They get active during the month of August to October.
- Till now there is no vaccine that will help you to protect against dengue and no particular medicine are available for treatment.
- Your body sweat and the secretions are the two things that attract them.
- There is a misconception that once you get dengue fever you will not get it again, which is totally false.
If a pregnant woman gets infected with dengue during childbirth then the infection can be passed to her new born child.
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What can we do to prevent dengue?
Here are some of the tips that will help you to stay protected:
- Always use mosquito repellent gel and lotion all over your body.
- It is strongly recommended not to leave any container of standing water outside.
- Do not let the person who is suffering from dengue to go to any crowded places.
- Wear full sleeve clothes and always cover yourself when outdoor.
- In order to prevent dehydration have lots of fluid.
- While sleeping always use mosquito net.
- If you are suffering from fever for more than 2 days immediately consult a doctor.
- If you have flower vases at home, change them regularly.
- If you have pets at home then regularly change the water containers.
- Never give aspirin to the person who is suffering from dengue as it will only worsen the condition.
Dengue fever is a very threatening disease which can even cause death. To prevent it you should always keep your environment clean and follow precautionary measures religiously.
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