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Dengue fever, a viral infection, which causes severe bone ache, flu-like symptoms and in rare cases can be fatal, spreads through the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. This type of mosquito proliferates in urban habitats in water collected in man-made containers.
How is Dengue Fever Caused?
Dengue is a severe illness, similar to a high fever or flu. Commonly known as ‘Breakbone Fever’, Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne infection caused by four different viruses, which are all spread by a particular type of mosquito (Aedes Aegypti, or occasionally Aedes Albopictus).
Common Symptoms of Dengue Fever:
The disease has a sudden onset and symptoms may include:
- Fever for 3 to 7 days
- An intense headache and pain behind the eyes
- Muscle and joint pain
- Loss of Appetite
- Vomiting and Diarrhoea
- Skin Rashes
- Bleeding, usually from nose or gums
5 Tips for How to Protect Yourself from Dengue:
- The Low-energy mosquitoes in Southeast Asia often remain close to the ground; they tend to bite feet and legs under tables where they go unnoticed. Always use repellent on at least your legs and feet before going for dinner
- Dusk and dawn are the times of day when you are most likely to be bitten by an Aedes aegypti (the ones that transmit dengue fever) mosquito; cover your exposed skin before going out
- If you have one, use the mosquito net above your bed. Tuck in corners to keep the net secured
- Burn mosquito coils, made from a powder derived from chrysanthemum plants, whenever sitting outside for prolonged periods. Never burn coils inside enclosed spaces, burning incense sticks will also offer some protection
- Turn your lights off, both inside and outside, before leaving. As the heat and light will attract additional insects
Other Precautions need to be taken:
If you are someone who is experiencing high fever while dengue is spreading, then you must take the below-mentioned points into consideration.
- Go for a blood test
- Consume plenty of cold fluids
- Take a bath with cold water
- Use ice packs over your forehead and abdomen
Ever wondered if you can be insured against Dengue Fever? Now you can get yourself and your loved ones insured against the Dengue Fever. This facility is provided by Toffee Insurance.
If you are someone who is suffering from Dengue Fever and is hospitalized for more than 24 hours then all your charges are covered up to Rs.100000/-, subject to certain terms and conditions. It covers all medical expenses incurred 15 days before and after hospitalization.