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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Dengue Fever - Do's and Dont's

Dengue fever - Do's & Don'ts





Dengue fever is a disease caused by a family of viruses that are transmitted by mosquitoes.

Note : Mosquitoes that carries the dengue virus bites in the daytime !

Symptoms

Immediately consult a doctor if any of the following manifestations appear:
•              Severe headache
•     Fever
•        Severe joint and muscle pain
•        Swollen glands (lymphadenopathy)
•        Rash
•        Red spots or points on the skin;
•        Bleeding from the nose or gums;
•        Frequent vomiting;
•        Vomiting with blood;
•        Black stools;

The presence of the "dengue triad” - fever, rash, and headache (and other pains) is particularly characteristic of dengue fever


Do's

•              Remove water from coolers and other small containers at least once in a week
•        All containers storing water should be covered with a tight lid.
•        Wear clothes that cover arms and legs.
•        Use mosquito nets or mosquito repellents.

Don'ts

•              Do not wait in case the above mentioned symptoms appear. Immediately consult a doctor. It is crucial to get immediate treatment.
•        Do not take self medicate with Aspirin or Brufen or popular fever medications.