How To Prevent Dengue Fever

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How To Prevent Dengue Fever ?

Dengue fever is caused due a virus that gets transmitted from the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

Dengue is quite common is tropical and subtropical regions of the world, in particular in Southern America and Asia. Dengue fever causes fever, rash, and severe headache, muscle pain and joint pain. However, you can take steps to prevent dengue fever.If you are visiting a region that has dengue fever, then you should make an effort to wear long clothing to prevent being bitten by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. This mosquito usually bites during the day. By wearing trousers and long sleeved shirts, you can limit the amount of skin you expose and thereby lower your chances of being bitten by the mosquito.

Always carry a mosquito repellent with you. Make sure you apply the repellent to all parts of your body, including the back of the neck, which is favored by mosquitoes. Try to carry repellents that contain 30 percent to 50 percent DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide). These repellants can be used by adults and children who are more than 2 months old. If the repellant contains less amount of DEET, it will not last for very long, and you will be forced to keep applying it more frequently.

In the US, you get insect repellants that contain 15 percent picaridin. These repellants are readily available, but the only drawback is that you have to apply them frequently. Repellants containing more than 15 percent picaridin are available outside the US.

When traveling to countries that are known to have cases of dengue fever, it is best to sleep under a mosquito net. Though the dengue virus carrying mosquito bites during the day, the mosquito net can protect you from getting bitten by other insects that carry diseases.

If you do happen to be spending a lot of time outdoors, you can control the number of mosquitoes around you by spraying insecticides on a regular basis.

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