Health tips for Monsoons | Rainy Season
Conjunctivitis also known as Flu or Pink eye/Red eye is a very common problem. Inflammation that results from it causes swelling of small blood vessels, which, in turn, gives a pink or red cast to the white portion of the eyes.
Causes of Eye Flu:
Conjunctivitis is generally not a serious problem. But it is important to consult your Doctor. Also, like cold, viral conjunctivitis is very contagious.
What is Dengue Fever?
Dengue fever, also known as breakbone fever, is an acute communicable disease caused by virus transmitted by the Aedes mosquito
Dengue fever Dengue causes flu-like symptoms and lasts for 2-7 days. Dengue fever usually occurs after an incubation period of 4-10 days after the bite of the infected mosquito.
High Fever (40°C/ 104°F) is usually accompanied by at least two of the following Symptoms:
Where do the mosquitoes breed?
The mosquitoes thrive in areas close to human population (urban areas).The dengue mosquito lays its eggs in water-filled containers inside the house and surrounding areas of dwellings (this includes non-used bottles, containers, discarded waste, tyres, etc… which hold water).The eggs hatch when in contact with water. Eggs can withstand very dry conditions and survive for months. Female mosquitoes lay dozens of eggs up to 5 times during their lifetime. Adult mosquitoes “usually” rest indoors in dark areas (closets, under beds, behind curtains). Here it is protected from wind, rain and most predators, which increases its life expectancy and the probability that it will live long enough to pick up a virus from one person and pass it on to the next.
What can be done to reduce the risk of acquiring dengue?
The best preventive measure for areas infested with Aedes mosquito is to eliminate the mosquitoes’ egg laying sites – called source reduction. Lowering the number of eggs, larvae and pupae will reduce the number of emerging adult mosquitoes and the transmission of the disease. Examples of the following habitats are listed:
Items that collect rainwater or are used to store water should be covered or properly discarded. The remaining essential containers should be emptied and cleaned and scrubbed (to remove eggs) at least once a week. This will avoid the adult mosquitoes to emerge from the egg/ larva/ pupa stage.
In fact, the community participation is the key to dengue prevention. As every household aims to reduce vector density, the transmission rate will decrease or maybe even stop.
Dengue Prevention Mosquito Control-
Protection against bites-
With Best Wishes Health & Wellness Team
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