By the first week of October, over 3,400 dengue infections had been reported in the city this year, with nearly half of the cases reported in the last fortnight. The risk of contracting dengue increases manifold during and post the rainy season. The same has now being witnessed in the city of joy where the cases increment is now at its peak.
The dengue virus infection is spread by the bite of an infected female mosquito - the Aedes aegypti mosquito - and can prove fatal in severe cases. There is no specific treatment for dengue fever or severe dengue fever, and it is important to get proper medical care when the illness is diagnosed.It is best to avoid the disease by controlling mosquito breeding and wearing clothing that completely covers your body to prevent mosquito bites.
Some prevention tips to keep a check on Dengue has been enlisted below
- Wear clothes with full sleeves to avoid mosquito bites and dengue fever. By doing so, you can minimize the exposed area of your skin to prevent mosquito bites and keep you safe.
- Use mosquito repellants before leaving the house.
- Close doors and windows before sunset, as mosquitoes are active during the evening.
- Keep the surroundings clean. There should not be stagnant water near the house, as it is an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. There should be no water left in the tire, flower pots, vase or drums. Keep water storage buckets covered with lids. Discard houseplants that you keep in water.
- Mosquitoes are usually seen in dark places. Provide suitable lighting at home.
- Do not collect waste near the house. Try misting from time to time.
- Make sure you eat a well-balanced diet to boost your immunity. You need to include fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, pulses and legumes in your diet. Limit your consumption of unhealthy, fatty, canned and processed foods that can lower your immunity to fight any illness or disease. It will be essential for you to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and limiting alcohol and smoking.
- Avoid wading through flood water as this can also cause dengue fever.
If you have symptoms of dengue fever, such as fever, headache, eye, muscle, joint or bone pain, rash, nausea or vomiting, you must seek medical attention immediately.