18 September 2017

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

Posted in: Health

Tagged: dengue fever, Aedes Mosquito

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