Dengue is a word that we are all very familiar with, especially with the onset of the Monsoon! Every third day an article in the newspaper about dengue deaths leaves us a little bit more worried about our loved ones.
They say “Ignorance is bliss“. I say, not always! Instead of fretting the diseases lets empower ourselves with knowledge and create awareness about it to prevent it and protect ourselves and our loved ones.
What is Dengue?
A viral diseases caused by the bite of an infected female aedes mosquito. It is caused by any one of four closely related dengue viruses (DENV 1, DENV 2,DENV 3, or DENV 4).
Where is it most common?
An estimated 390 million dengue infections occur worldwide each year, with about 96 million resulting in illness. Most cases occur in tropical areas of the world .The Indian sub continent is one such area which is at great risk.
What are the symptoms?
Some of the most common symptoms of the diseases are:
- Sudden, high fever
- Severe headaches
- Pain behind the eyes
- Severe joint and muscle pain
- Skin rash, which appears two to five days after the onset of fever
- Mild bleeding (such a nose bleed, bleeding gums, or easy bruising)
How does the diseases spread?
The diseases is spread through the bite of an infected aedes female mosquito. The virus then gets transmitted through the bloodstream. The virus also gets transmitted to her off spring via eggs.
Mosquitoes bite and suck the blood containing the virus from an infected person, and passes it on to healthy people when it bites them.
How do you identify an aedes mosquito?
One distinct physical feature – black and white stripes on its body and legs. It mostly bites during the day and lays its eggs in clean, stagnant water.
What are its breeding habitats?
Breeding Habitats in Homes
- Domestic Containers
- Flower Pot Plates / Trays
- Ornamental Containers
- Plants (Hardened Soil and Plant Axils)
- Toilet Bowl / Cistern
Breeding Habitats in Public Areas
- Closed Perimeter Drains
- Discarded Receptacles
- Gully Traps
- Opened Perimeter Drains
- HDB Corridor Scupper / Gullies
What are the preventive measures one can take?
- The very first thing to do is, remove all sources of stagnant water.
- Change water in flower vases every alternate day.
- Remove water from flowerpot plates regularly.
- Turn over all pails and water storage containers.
- Cover bamboo pail holders when not in use.
- Clear blockages and put insecticide in roof gutters monthly.
- Do not litter.
- Using repellent – Citronella oil while mopping your floors.
- ULV treatment
- Keep your doors and windows closed during late evening and early mornings.
- Avoid dumping of clothes and reduce water stagnation in your home and surrounding areas.
- Fogging at basement and outer areas.
- Treat your premises with some insecticidal spray. ( Indoor Residual Spray)
How can we help?
Housejoy can help keep you safe and prevent the dreaded disease from spreading, through its professional mosquito control package.
Don’t wait to be infected, after all , prevention is better than cure.
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