Surprising facts about dengue that you should know
The symptoms of dengue fever are often confused with those of malaria. Early diagnosis and information about eradicating mosquitoes can keep you safe.
Dengue has become a dreaded illness in the last few years. Despite growing cases – and awareness – of dengue, the illness continues to go on a rampage and claim more victims every year. When not treated in time or when treated improperly, it has the potential to become fatal.
Here’s what you need to know about it, from the symptoms of dengue fever to how to prevent it:
#1 The symptoms of dengue fever are similar to those of malaria.
Misdiagnosis is often the primary reason why dengue becomes fatal in some cases. The symptoms of dengue fever are uncannily similar to those of malaria. However, most people wrongly assume that they just have the flu – giving the virus enough time to proliferate further. The symptoms of dengue fever include elevated body temperature (in the range of 103°F to 104°F), accompanied by chills, nausea or vomiting, inability to swallow food and acute headaches. One point of difference between malaria and dengue is that the latter causes severe body pain.
#2 Anyone can get it.
Those who live in affluent housing towers are as likely to get dengue as those living in slums. Just one bite of the infected Aedes mosquito is enough to transmit the disease from mosquito to human.
#3 Mosquitoes get accustomed to most pest repellent products.
You might be secure in the knowledge that you have applied mosquito repellent cream and switched on the vaporiser before going to bed. But mosquitoes are hardy creatures that get used to most pest repellent products. Only leading mosquito repellents in the market are able to tame the dengue menace. Most herbal products are ineffective in killing or repelling mosquitoes.
#4 Simple fogging by civic authorities can control the problem.
Most attempts at controlling the dengue menace via fogging often come to nought. This is because the fogging is often cursory, and not done in areas that actually need it the most. Sites where fogging and spraying must be mandatorily done include construction sites, low lying areas where puddles are likely to form, terraces with plant pots, swimming pools lying unused in the monsoon season, etc. These are hotbeds for mosquito breeding, and must be sprayed and fogged without delay.
#5 You are at most danger between evening to dawn hours.
You might switch on the mosquito repellent vaporiser just before going to bed at night, but the dengue mosquitoes start biting much before that. In fact, the biting activity is at its peak from the evening hours to dawn. So you must switch on the vaporiser at about 6.30 pm and leave it on till you wake up in the morning. You can also spray the room with mosquito repellent in the evening hours, keeping the door and window closed so that the lurking mosquitoes can be flushed out and killed.