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.
- 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/