Health Focus: Don’t be Dengue Scared! Be Dengue Safe!
Dengue is caused by a virus that is spread from person to person by the bite of a female Aedes mosquito (the same mosquito that spreads yellow fever and Zika infection). These mosquitoes can bite anytime in the day or night.
*Note the black and white stripes on its body and legs
Most people develop fever and flu-like symptoms that begin between 4-7 days after the bite and last for about a week
Symptoms include a high fever plus severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, joint pain, muscle and bone pain, rash, and mild bleeding (bruising easily, gums or nose bleed).
If you think you have dengue, do not take aspirin products or ibuprofen, use acetaminophen. Get lots of rest and take plenty of liquids.
A family member who has dengue can be a source of infection for others at home- keep infected persons under a mosquito net.
PREVENTION OF MOSQUITO BITES is the goal. Some ways to do this are:
Remove any standing water where mosquitoes can lay eggs, like pet watering containers and flower vases!
Spray exposed skin with insect repellent sprays that contain 20-30% DEET
Using air conditioners and window screens can keep mosquitoes stay out of your house