Urban Indians have been living under the fear of #Dengue for over two decades, with no sign of any respite. Here are four lesser-known facts about #Dengue that can empower us to fight this deadly disease:
1. It is important not just to empty water in all containers but to also scrub the floor and walls of containers to dislodge any Aedes eggs which might be sticking on them.
Aedes mosquitoes which cause #Dengue lay eggs on walls and floors of wet containers which stick there even after the water is emptied from the container. Aedes eggs can survive in dryness for several years and when the container get refilled with water, eggs will hatch and grow into adult mosquitoes.
2. Using mosquito repellents in your bathroom also can help you protect yourself from #Dengue.
Most people use mosquito repellants in their bed/living rooms and not bathrooms. The risk of an Aedes mosquito bite is high during the day and especially inside a bathroom where it finds a cool environment to stay along with an opportunity to bite on a more exposed human skin surface area.
3. A #Dengue patient must be carefully observed for warning signs especially after the fever subsides.
Unlike most infections, the decline in fever does not mean that the disease is cured. Rather most of the serious complications develop 1-2 days after fever subsides. It is important to watch for any skin hemorrhage, bleeding from nose or gums, abdominal distension and difficulty breathing.
4. If your neighbours cooperate, you can feel safe.
Adult Aedes mosquitoes can fly only up to 200 to 400 metres. Therefore, if all your neighbours cooperate and eliminate all possible breeding site for Aedes mosquito, the risk of an Aedes mosquito bite can be minimized.
So, spread this information to all your neighbours.
About the Author
Dr Manoj Grover is a Public Health Physician with over 6 years of experience in prevention of infectious diseases such as Dengue, Polio & Tuberculosis. He is currently supporting Government of India introduce new vaccines in the universal immunization programme. He has previously worked in consulting roles for World Health Organization and NITI Aayog. Views expressed here are personal