Dengue Prevention tips during this rainy season

Everyone can contract a variety of ailments during the rainy season, including colds, coughs, and fevers. Dengue fever is one of the most serious infections during the rainy season.

Since 1998 June has been designated as Dengue Awareness Month(Proclamation No. 1204) to emphasize the need of collaboration between national and local government agencies, as well as private NGOs, in the prevention and control of dengue.

What is Dengue?

Dengue is a mosquito-borne tropical disease that is contracted from the bite of a mosquito or mosquito that has the dengue virus.

The virus can cause fever, headaches, rashes, and pain throughout the body. Symptoms may include:• Sudden high fever• Headache• Pain in the back of the eye• Fatigue or weakness• Nausea• Vomiting• Skin rash (appears two to five days after having a fever)• Mild bleeding (nose bleeding or gum bleeding)Sometimes, symptoms can be mild and can be mistaken for those of the flu or another viral infection. Symptoms of dengue fever are generally mild in younger children and those who have the disease for the first time. However, serious problems can develop

How to prevent dengue?

1. Use of personal protection

Mosquito repellents such as citronella or mosquito lotions can help you avoid mosquito bites. In addition, wearing clothing that would minimize skin exposure is advised (long-sleeves, shirts and pants).

2. Make sure there is no stagnant water in the home

Because it is raining, it is possible that there is accumulated water around the house. Make sure that any drums, plant pots, or other containers that can hold rainwater are drained or covered, as this might serve as a mosquito breeding ground.

3. Check screen doors and windows for holes

In addition to closing the door and window to prevent mosquitoes from entering the house, it is vital to inspect it for gaps that could allow mosquitoes to enter. If a hole exists, seal it or cover it to prevent mosquitoes from entering the house. The Department of Health (DOH) has launched the 4-S campaign which stands for Search & destroy mosquito breeding sites; secure Self-protection measures; Seek early consultation; and Support fogging/spraying only in hotspot areas. It calls for everyone to become prime movers in controlling the mosquito population which will eventually put a stop in the burden of disease that Dengue may bring about.

Controlling and preventing dengue fever are essential steps for keeping people healthy. Know the symptoms of Dengue by asking specialist doctors from Medgate, anywhere, anytime.