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.