Threat of Dengue

Dengue is one of the greatest viral executioners on the planet with the worldwide weight being 50 million for each year. In India, it is second just to jungle fever as a wellbeing issue. There is a 30 fold increment in its occurrence in the course of the most recent two decades.

Dengue plagues have turned into a characteristic marvel in India beginning with the first scourge in 1996 before which there were secluded diseases just. The expanding populace thickness in urban and semi-urban zones is adding to the exacerbating situation. Currently, in the month of September the dengue fear has come into existence again. Several patients have tested positive for dengue.

How does Dengue spread ?

Dengue is caused by a virus member of the genus Flavivirus and family Flaviviridae. Dengue is spread by biting off a mosquito named “Aedes” that generally bites during day times. The Aedes mosquito flourishes with stagnant water. There is no effective antiviral therapy or vaccination available for dengue. So, as a primitive solution we must adopt the preventive methods and precautions to avoid getting infected by the virus.

How to prevent dengue?

In order to defend ourselves from the threat of dengue, we need to follow out some preventive methods.

Preventive methods for Dengue

  • The vector spreading dengue is Aedes, the best method to control Dengue is to eradicate the Aedes mosquito growth and breeding.
  • These mosquitoes breed in both fresh water as well as dirty water. So ensure that no water is continued standing.
  • There should be adequate waste management and water supply to prevent the mosquito breeding.
  • Keep your surroundings clean, empty out the bins, pots, trunks, empty vessels that are unnecessarily storing water.
  • Properly dispose the used tyres, bottles or any prop that can serve as a place for mosquito breeding.
  • Pour kerosene oil in the stagnating water such as coolers, pots or any water storing vessel.
  • Drain Drinking water storage containers on regular basis. The water storage tanks should be regularly cleaned and kept covered.
  • Use mosquito nets, mosquito coils, mats and aerosols to prevent mosquitoes from biting you.
  • As a precautionary step ensure that the mosquitoes don’t bite you. Cover yourself legitimately, in order to do so, wear full sleeved garments.
  • Try applying some mosquito repellent creams when you are susceptible for mosquito bite, especially in the nights and early mornings.
  • Keep the doors and windows closed especially in the nights and early mornings. So that the mosquitoes from your surroundings cannot enter inside.


Content Reviewed by – Asian Hospital Medical Editors