Dengue Cases On Rise: Here’s What You Can Do To Protect Yourself

Dengue is a mosquito-borne disease that spreads through mosquito bites. In India, a sharp rise in dengue cases is reported every year during and after retreat of monsoon. The humid weather and rainwater stored at different spots is favorable for mosquito breeding. Symptoms of dengue in the affected person usually begin four to six days after the infection.

Dengue mosquito

Symptoms: Sudden high fever, headaches, joint pain, pain behind the eyes, vomiting, swelling and rashes on the body are common symptoms of dengue. As the cases of dengue are on a rise in different parts of the country.

Here are some preventive methods you should follow in order to lower your risk of getting infected.

  1. Dispose solid waste properly. Remove any artificial man-made spots like pots which store water  and promote the breeding of mosquitoes.
  2. You should cover all the containers or empty vessels in your garden, terrace, kitchen or washroom etc. In case no use then keep them upside down.
  3. You should clean water storage container regularly and avoid collecting water as much as possible.
  4. Minimise your skin exposure to mosquitoes. Full-sleeved, loose clothes can prevent mosquito bites.
  5. You can use mosquito repellents such as sprays, creams and nets and  use mosquito nets when you are  not sleeping in an air-conditioned room.
  6. Make sure your doors and windows are free of holes and closed when not in use so that mosquitoes can not enter.
  7. If it is not urgent, one should avoid travelling to areas with the risk of dengue fever.

Complications of dengue fever

A small number of dengue patients can develop a severe form of the disease called dengue hemorrhagic fever. In this condition, the patient may experience symptoms like high fever, damage to the lymphatic system, bleeding under the skin, internal bleeding, fatigue and restlessness. If the patient experience these symptoms, it is crucial to get medical help at the earliest.

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