dengue fever: what you need to know
Dengue fever and how it is spread by the Aedes mosquito
What is dengue fever?
How can I beat the mosquito that may carry dengue fever?
The key is to prevent mosquito bites, of course, but also to prevent mosquito breeding. Note that stagnant water is a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes. Clean surroundings and the exterior of your house to eliminate mosquito breeding sites.
- Get rid of old tyres where rainwater can accumulate
- Cover water tanks and cisterns
- Avoid storing water in vases
- Remove old bottles and cans
- Store garden tools
- Do not leave kids toys outside
- Empty kiddie pools when not in use and change water at least two times a week
- Clean gutters
- Always remember to replace the water in vases at least twice a week
- Ensure that pets have fresh water in their bowls and change water at least twice a week
- Install screens on all windows and doors
Where is Dengue most common?
What are the signs and symptoms?
According to health officials, the most common symptoms are:
- Fever of around 40°C
- Weakness/intense fatigue
- Pain in the body, behind the eyes and joints
- Red spots on skin
If the sufferer also experiences vomiting, bleeding, intense abdominal pain, cold hands and feet, blue lips, or a drop in pressure, they may have developed dengue haemorrhagic fever. In this case hospital care is necessary.
Always contact your personal physician when in doubt or if you suspect disease.