Corporate Health & Wellness Specialist – PrognoHealth

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.

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.

• 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.

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