How to avoid Dengue

How to avoid Dengue

Publish Date: 
Thursday, July 27, 2023

Dengue is on the rise in Dhaka city. Most cases are mild and the infected people can recover at home. However, in a few cases, hospitalization may be needed. The dengue virus is spread through the bites of infected mosquitoes. It is not contagious, which means it cannot be passed from one person to another. I am sharing some important information that is sourced from the Center for Disease Control, USA.

Symptoms of Dengue
The most common symptoms are fever and one or more of the following. Many clinics and hospitals offer dengue tests.

  • Headache
  • Eye pain (typically behind the eyes)
  • Muscle, joint, or bone pain
  • Rash
  • Nausea and vomiting

Severe dengue is an emergency. Recognize the warning signs.

If you or a family member develops any of these warning signs, go to a local clinic or emergency room immediately:

  • Stomach or belly pain, tenderness
  • Vomiting (at least 3 times in 24 hours)
  • Bleeding from the nose or gums
  • Vomiting blood, or blood in the stool
  • Feeling tired, restless, or irritable

How to avoid dengue

  1. Use insect repellent cream or spray (e.g. Odomos)
    • on arms, legs, neck, and other uncovered skin parts
  2. Wear long-sleeved shirts/tops and pants
    • wearing socks can also help
  3. Control mosquitoes inside and outside your home
    • Keep window net screens closed; Repair holes in screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
    • Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out items that hold water, such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, birdbaths, flowerpots, or trash containers. Check inside and outside your home. Mosquitoes lay eggs near water.

Stay safe and avoid catching dengue.