Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Dreading Dengue Disease

Posted by Alei at 6/25/2008

Along with the cold rush of the rainy season this month and start of the school year is the thumping of the dreading disease, dengue. It is the most common illness this time of year especially in tropical countries like ours.
Our neighboring barrio, which was a kilometer away, was said to be on alert for the skyrocketing number of dengue incidents. It was even televised on Imbestigador, a weekly show on GMA 7. The disease is transmitted to the humans by a particular species of mosquitoes, the Aedes Aegypti. The mere bite of it transmits viruses. Some of its reported symptoms are rapid development of fever, intense headache and joint and muscular pains. Rashes develop on the skin several days after the beginning of the fever.

Here are some preventive measures:

  • Use mosquito repellents on skin and clothing.
  • When outdoors, during times that mosquitoes are biting, wear long-sleeved shirts and pajamas.
  • When indoors, stay in screened areas. Use mosquito nets if sleeping areas are not screened.
  • Clean your house to eliminate possible feeding ground of the mosquitoes most especially on standing waters

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