Our strength lies in our abilities to be proactive and deal with the demands and challenges of everyday life.
The Health & Wellness Team believes in preventive measures. For overall wellbeing, we feel that awareness building is the key through which we are able to overcome many challenges.
The spread of dengue and malaria is on the rise. We need to take appropriate measures so that we can prevent its spread around us. We, as the education community can act as excellent messengers and educate people about the preventive steps to be taken to keep ourselves safe and stop these deadly diseases from spreading in the community.
We are sharing with you some information about the disease and tips to prevent it. Please implement these tips.
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 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:
- Pain behind eyes
- Nausea, vomiting
- Swollen glands
- Joint, bone or muscle pains
Where do the mosquitoes breed?
The mosquitoes thrive in areas close to human population.
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 contain water).
What can be done to reduce the risk of acquiring dengue?
The best preventive measure for areas infested with mosquitos 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:
- Ant traps
- Flower vases and saucers
- Water storage tank (domestic drinking water, bathroom, etc…)
- Plastic containers
- Discarded bottles and tins
- Discarded tyres
- Artificial containers
- Tree holes, potholes, construction sites
- Drums for collecting rainwater
- Shells, husks, pods from trees
- Leaf axils of various plants
- Boats, equipment
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.
- Environment should be clean & one must get rid of water holding containers such as discarded tins, empty pots, broken bottles, coconut shells, coolers etc.
- Adding oil to water is the oldest known mosquito control measure. Oils mostly used are diesel oil, kerosene etc.
- Fumigation/ Space sprays.
Protection against bites-
- Mosquito nets offers protection during sleep; white, rectangular nets are best.
- Use of repellents are helpful. Like neem oil, and other creams which are available in the market.
- Screening of buildings with gauze(jaali).
- Wear clothes which cover the entire body.
We request each one of you to share the above information with everyone around you and join us for this cause. Let us continue in our endeavour to keep our surroundings disease free and healthy.
Health & Wellness Team
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