Dengue is transmitted by the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. This dengue mosquito usually attacks during the day.
Dengue symptoms appear 4-5 days after being infected.
· Sudden, high fever
· Severe headaches
· Pain behind the eyes
Severe joint and muscle pain
Mild bleeding (such a nose bleed, bleeding gums, or easy bruising)
Dengue fever strikes the patient suddenly and remains for a long time. It is usually accompanied with severe headache and bone pain. Dengue fever can disappear soon but it usually reappears with skin rashes.
Dengue is common in India and cases generally peak in October, after the monsoon rains.
The mosquitoes that carry the dengue virus typically live in and around houses, breeding in standing water that can collect in such things as used automobile tires.
Dengue can be thoroughly examined through a chemical process. The two tests that diagnose dengue are Antigen tests and Anti body test.
If you think you may have dengue fever, you should use pain relievers with acetaminophen and avoid medicines with aspirin, which could worsen bleeding.
Dengue can be prevented if you take following precautions:
· Stay in air-conditioned or well-screened housing
· If sleeping areas are not screened or air conditioned, use mosquito nets.
· Avoid being outdoors at dawn, dusk and early evening, when more mosquitoes are out.
· When you go into mosquito-infested areas, wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, socks and shoes.
· For your skin, use a repellent containing at least a 10 percent concentration of DEET.
"PRECAUTION IS BETTER THAN CURE "
By Shweta Birla