Beware of Dengue Fever


Dengue fever is a disease caused by a family of viruses that are transmitted by mosquitoes. The virus is not contagious and cannot spread directly from person to person but only through a person-to mosquito-to-another-person pathway.


Dengue Symptoms -

Fever lasting 1-7 days, headaches, muscular or bone pain, nausea and vomiting, measles-like rash over the chest and upper limbs, and loss of appetite.

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Do you know...

• Dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever are the most common mosquito-borne viral diseases in the world.


• The incidence of dengue fever usually rises during and after the rainy season.


• Mosquitoes are attracted by the body odors, carbon dioxide, and heat emitted from animals or humans.

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• Only the female mosquito feeds on blood - she needs the protein found in blood to produce eggs. Male mosquitoes feed only on plant nectar.


• The female Aedes mosquito is most active during dawn and dusk. So be extra careful during this time.


How to prevent dengue


* Remove all sources of stagnant water, at least every alternate day.


* Wear clothes that cover your arms and legs. Ensure that children are also adequately covered.


* Use mosquito nets or mosquito repellents while sleeping, especially during the day. •


* Use window and door meshes to prevent mosquitoes from entering.


• Ensure that garbage is covered and disposed of every day.


• Growing plants like citronella, marigold & horsemint in your garden or balcony will keep mosquitoes away.


*Herbs like rosemary, basil, and lemongrass also help keep mosquitoes away.