5 Simple Ways to Protect your Loved Ones from Dengue
1. Spray insecticide regularly
Spray insecticide in dark corners of your house, such as under the sofa, bed and table or behind curtains. This will prevent mosquitos from hiding or lurking in your home.
2. Use Spatial Mosquito Repellent
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3. Apply mosquito repellent when going out
Mosquito repellents should be applied as much as possible when you leave your home, especially when you are near areas that are known to be a Dengue Cluster.
4. Stay covered and wear light-colored clothing
The logic behind staying covered is that mosquito cannot bite through thick fabric, so skin covered by the fabric is protected. Also, when the mosquito is close, it engages a different sense to detect people. They spot dark colors easily thus wearing light colors can help to prevent mosquito bites.
5. Prevent Breeding - Do the Mozzie Wipeout
The mozzie wipeout recommended by NEA focuses on removing stagnant water at home to prevent breeding. Here are the 5 key areas to check!
- Turn pails upside down when not in use
- Tip the Vase
- Flip the flower pot plate
- Loosen hardened soil
- Clear the roof gutter and drains within compounds, and place Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis(Bti) insecticide inside
Types of Dengue Strain
Dengue fever is a disease caused by the dengue virus which is transmitted to humans through an infected mosquito. There are 4 different serotypes of dengue (DENV1 – 4). Individuals can be infected with dengue up to 4 times and repeated infections are said to have a higher probability of severe dengue.
Symptoms of Dengue
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Here are some of the reported symptoms obtains from the MOH Website:
- Sudden onset of fever for 2-7 days
- Severe headache with pain behind the eyes
- Joint and muscle pain
- Skin rash
- Nausea and vomiting
Mild bleeding (e.g. nose or gum bleed, or easy bruising of the Symptoms usually appear 4-7 days after being bitten (ranges from 3-14 days).
If you think you have dengue fever, seek medical attention immediately.
Note: Methods described in the article only helps to lower and mitigate the risk of coming in contact with Aedes Mosquito. These methods should be adopted under the user’s discretion.