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Dengue: Towards Prevention

Monsoon is a welcome relief from the scorching Indian summer heat. The outset of monsoon and the first rain is celebrated by one and all – birds begin to chirp again after their hibernation, forests become alive and green again, and the poets, as they say, find their muse in the aroma of first rain.

But, beautiful that monsoon certainly is, it can also bring with it health problems, infections and diseases, one such disease is dengue. Over the last decade, dengue has been major health issue faced during the monsoon season.

Dengue is a disease transmitted by the bite of the female ‘aedis’ mosquito. Though dengue is a non-communicable disease – it cant be transmitted from one person to the other.

Major symptoms of the disease include:

  • High fever
  • Headache
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Joint and muscular pain
  • Fatigue and nausea
  • Skin rashes, etc.

Dengue can be diagnosed by a simple blood test against the virus. And, there is no specific treatment for the disease either, however, the following can help recover the patient faster:

  • Having painkillers for acute body ache
  • Drinking plenty of fluids

During the monsoon season, people should take care of the following:

  • Avoid water logging in the house and nearby areas
  • Ensure cleanliness in the surroundings
  • Use insect/mosquito repellent both inside and outside the house
  • Avoid wearing dark clothes during evenings, as mosquitoes are attracted towards dark colors

Children of school going age and old people are more vulnerable to catch the disease, they therefore should be more cautious and take care of their health.

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