is spread by the bite of an 'Ades' Mosquito. This mosquito
bites the infected person and then bites someone else who
is not affected thus transmitting the infection. These mosquitoes
are active during the day time and spread the infection during
day time. These mosquitoes live among human beings and breed
in discarded tyres, flower pots, water stores etc.
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Dengue fever starts suddenly accompanied
by headache, severe joint pain ,rashes, nausea and lack of
appetite. The illness can last up to 10 days and the complete
recovery could take about four to six weeks. Widely the dengue
infections result in relatively mild illness however in some
cases it may lead to the dengue hemorrhagic fever. In the
complicated stage the blood vessels start to leak and cause
bleeding through mouth, nose and gums. This is most prevalent
among children and young adults. This stage requires close
Treatment for Dengue
and Dengue Hemorrhagic fever
as the treatment is concerned there is no specific course,
However the affected person is treated with Paracetamol to
bring down the fever. The person is usually adviced to drink
lots of fluids. The infected person should be isolated until
recovery from the rest of the family to prevent further infections.
Although there is no vaccine to prevent this
epidemic certain preventive measures as specified below can
be taken to control the epidemic.
Preventive Measures to control Dengue
- Use mosquito repellents.
- discard all unwanted items getting gathered
around the living area to avoid the breeding of mosquitoes.
- Keep the water stores clean and closed.
- keep yourself well covered when outside.
- Take prompt medical advice once fever starts.