How to prevent Dengue this monsoon
Dengue is an infectious disease caused by any one of four types of dengue virus, which is transmitted by the bite of an infected female Aedes aegypti mosquito.
1. Dengue usually starts suddenly with a high fever, rash, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, and muscle and joint pain.
The severity of the joint pain has given dengue the name ‘break bone fever’.
2. Nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite are common.
A rash usually appears 3 to 4 days after the start of the fever.
3. The illness can last up to 10 days, but complete recovery can take as long as a month.
4. Older children and adults usually get sicker than young children.
5. Most dengue infections result in relatively mild illness, but some can progress to dengue hemorrhagic fever.
6. Dengue hemorrhagic fever is fatal in about 5 percent of cases, mostly among children and young adults.
· It also becomes difficult to detect Dengue in blood tests if the patient has taken these medicines.
· Give plenty of fluids like water, shikanji etc. to the patient.
Continue with normal diet. In fever, the body, in fact, requires more food.
· Use insect repellent. If you have dengue fever, mosquitoes that bite you may pass dengue on to other people.
· Apart from the interiors of the house, keep the surroundings clean.
· At the onset of symptoms of dengue like fever, severe headache and muscle pains, paracetamol should be taken and people should consult a doctor.
· Surface wells should be well-maintained so that mosquitoes do not breed in the vicinity.
· Rain water collected on terraces/roofs should be cleared (at least) once a week.
· Use disinfectants.
· Since the mosquito that carries the dengue virus bites in the daytime, avoid being in damp places.