Dengue is once again back in the city. We have compiled some useful information on this viral disease to help you take preventive measures. Please do not send your child to school if he has fever or shows any symptom of illness.
Symptoms of Dengue
Dengue fever is a painful, debilitating mosquito-borne disease. Dengue fever is transmitted by the bite of an Aedes mosquito infected with a dengue virus. The mosquito becomes infected when it bites a person with dengue virus in their blood. It can’t be spread directly from one person to another person. Symptoms of Dengue Fever, which usually begin four to six days after the infection and last for up to 10 days, may include:
- Sudden, fever, severe headaches, pain behind the eyes
- Severe joint and muscle pain, fatigue, nausea, vomiting
- Skin rash, which appears two to five days after the onset of fever
- Mild bleeding (such a nose bleed, bleeding gums, or easy bruising)
Diagnosis of dengue fever is made by clinical presentation and a blood test.
On the slightest suspicion of this infection, immediately consult a doctor.
Do’s and Don’ts
- Cover overhead tanks; empty unused tanks.
- Keep pots or buckets on terrace upside down.
- Do not leave unused tyres in the open.
- Drain accumulated water.
- Clean ACs or coolers.
- Do not dump solid waste in the open.
- Clean flower pots regularly.
- Keep your body covered.
- Do not allow children to play in water puddles and stagnant water bodies.
- Do not self-diagnose and self-medicate.
- Prevent entry of mosquitoes by installing screens on windows.
Please look upon these guidelines as well-intentioned tips and not as medical advice for which a qualified physician should be consulted.