Dengue fever:Do's and Dont's

Delhi is seeing a rise in the number of cases of mosquio-borne illnesses, including dengue, chikungunya and malaria.

According to the latest municipal report, at least 30 fresh cases of dengue were reported last week, taking the number of people affected by the vector-borne disease in the city in 2017 to 180.

In the backdrop of rising number of cases of vector-borne disease, the Delhi government has decided to launch a major campaign to raise awareness among people about methods of prevention.

What is dengue and how to know if you have it?

Dengue is a viral fever, develops after 5 to 6 days of being bitten by an infective mosquito. The Aedes Aegypti mosquito is the main vector that transmits the dengue virus.

Symptoms of dengue are -

    Sudden onset of fever
    Muscle and joint pain
    Pain behind the eyes
    Stomach pain

If you experience any of these symptoms, try visiting a doctor immediately.

Prevent dengue

The best way to prevent dengue is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Here are a few steps you can take to protect yourself and your family to prevent mosquito bites:

    Use mosquito repellents
    Always sleep under mosquito nets
    Use aerosol during day time to prevent mosquito bites
    Wear protective clothing - long-sleeve shirts and full-length pants
    Remove water from coolers and other small containers at least once a week
    Keep your surroundings clean and dry

In addition to that, eat healthy foods and keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids and water to stay fit and healthy throughout the season.

In case of an infection, seek early treatment or medical help from a qualified doctor.
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