National Dengue Day, May 16
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May 16 observed as National Dengue Day. Ministry of Healthy and Family Welfare is formed this day with a purpose to raise awareness about dengue and its preventive standards. Dengue is transmitted by the bite of Aedes mosquitoes. It is then infected by one or more dengue viruses (DENV 1-4 serotypes).

Dengue prevention and control should be every citizen’s concern. Keeping the environment hygienic is vital.

Facts and Symptoms of Dengue:

  • The only way to get rid of dengue is to prevent mosquito bites.
  • A person originates symptoms within 3-14 days after the infective bite.
  • Mortal rate is more in children due to Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever.

Precautions

  • Once in a week all the water stored from coolers and other containers should be changed/removed.
  • Appropriate larvicides should be practised to water storage containers if it cannot be drained.
  • It is important to have covered lid on water storage containers.
  • During transmission season, individuals can wear cover cloths on arms and legs. Use a mosquito net while sleeping during the day.
  • Introduce personal protective measures such as insecticide-treated bednets, window screens, vaporizers that which is meant to prevent mosquito bites.

Understand more information about dengue and its prevention at – www.nhp.gov.in/

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