A mosquito bite is not usually painful, but the itchiness that follows a bite can cause some discomfort. However, over the years, the numbers of dengue cases and fatalities reported have been quite alarming.
What is Dengue Fever, and How is it Transmitted?
Dengue fever is an infectious tropical disease caused by the dengue virus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. It can progress to a more deadly disease known as dengue haemorrhagic fever and cause death. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that 50-100 million people are infected by dengue fever every year globally, and around three out of every 100 dengue infections are fatal.
Symptoms of Dengue Infection
- Sudden onset of continuous high fever
- Red rashes on the skin
- Acute pain at the bones, muscles, joints, eye-balls and head
- Loss of appetite
- Vomiting & headache
- Bleeding from nose, gums and skin
Vaccine tests are still carried out, and there is no specific treatment for dengue. Still, appropriate medical care frequently saves the lives of patients with the more severe dengue haemorrhagic fever. See a doctor immediately for diagnosis and treatment if you experience symptoms of dengue fever.
How to Avoid Mosquito Bites
Are you sick and tired of being bothered by annoying mosquitoes when you are enjoying your outdoor activities? Here are some simple steps that can help to reduce your chances of being bitten.
Avoid dark colours – Do not wear dark colours or use strong scents such as perfumes and deodorants as these attract insects.
Reduce exposed skin – Wear long sleeves, trousers, footwear and hats.
Avoid areas with water – Keep clear of slow-moving or still / stagnant water.
Tuck trousers into socks – When hiking through brush or rough grass, avoid brushing through long grass or bushes.
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