Five Things You Didn’t Know About Dengue Fever

dengue fever

 

Some Philippine provinces declared a dengue fever outbreak due

rains and floods.

 

4 died in the municipality of San Rafael in the province of

Bulacan.

 

Bulacan recorded 2,622 cases of Dengue which is twice as much

than last year.

 

The provinces of Abra and Pangasinan are also affected.

 

Here are five things you may not know about Dengue Fever.

  • Dengue is the most important mosquito-borne viral disease of
    humans and the most important tropical disease in Latin America
    and Asia. It affects 70–500 million people per year and is
    endemic in more than 120 countries across the world.

 

  • Dengue is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes, principally by
    Aedes aegypti or less frequently by Aedes albopictus or Aedes
    polynesiensis. Mosquitoes bite infected humans and pick up
    the virus. After a short incubation period (8–12 days) the
    virus can be rapidly transmitted to other humans by
    subsequent mosquito bites. The mosquito remains infective
    for the rest of its life.

 

  • The disease manifests as a sudden onset of severe headache,
    chills, pain upon moving the eyes, and low backache. Painful
    aching in the legs and joints (myalgias and arthralgias—severe
    pain that gives it the nick-name break-bone fever or bonecrusher
    disease) occurs during the first hours of illness.

 

  • To prevent Dengue, Eliminated Mosquitoes by getting rid of
    stagnant water containers around your residence or place of work,
    this is where the mosquitoes breed, smoke the mosquitoes. Use
    appropriate net to avoid mosquitoe bite if you stay close to
    lake/pond/canal.

 

  • Because dengue is caused by a virus, there is no specific
    medicine or antibiotic to treat it, the only treatment is to
    treat the symptoms. For typical dengue, the treatment is purely
    concerned with relief of the symptoms (symptomatic). Rest and
    fluid intake for adequate hydration is important.

 

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