What is Dengue Fever?
Dengue fever is a virus transmitted to human through the bites from an infected Aedes mosquito.
Most cases of dengue fever occur in tropical areas of the world with great risks occurring in south Asia, Southern China, Taiwan, Pacific Island, Mexico and Africa
How is dengue fever Spread or Transmitted?
Dengue fever is spread or transmitted by an infected mosquito usually the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus varieties. This type of mosquito bites during the day, early in the morning or in the evening before dusk and are often found near still water, such as in wells, storage tanks, gutters or in old abandoned tyres.
What are the Symptoms of Dengue Fever?
An infected individual with dengue fever may experience the following symptoms:
A severe headache
Joint and muscle pain
Pain behind the eyes
Diagnosis of Dengue Fever
A blood test is the only way to confirm the diagnosis, your health care provider may order blood test to check for viral antibodies or other similar viruses like Zika or Chikungunya.
How can Dengue Fever be treated?
There is no specific medication or cure to treat dengue fever, if you think you have symptoms of dengue fever please you are advised to see and consult your healthcare provider
How can I Prevent Dengue Fever?
The following precautions or preventive methods may help reduce the risks and help prevent people from getting dengue fever virus where it is endemic
Wear protective clothing.
Use mosquito repellent.
Reduce mosquito habitat by maintaining a good environmental sanitation
Sleep under insecticide treated net(ITN)
Samuel Aluh received his Bachelor of Science degree from Osun State University Osogbo Osun State (UNIOSUN). He is presently undergoing a postgraduate study in Public health and Parasitology at the University of Nigeria. He also has professional certification in project management as well as in health safety and environment.
He is a young, vibrant and intelligent individual with a great passion for public health, Neglected Tropical Disease (NTDs) and infectious disease.