Dengue Cases Rise In Bengaluru - Tips To Keep Yourself Safe

Dengue is a viral infectious disease that spreads by the bite of an infected female Aedes mosquito. Hence, it is essential to keep yourself safe during the rainy season. A way to prevent dengue virus infection is by taking preventive measures to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Read on to know more.
Dengue Cases Rise In Bengaluru - Tips To Keep Yourself Safe

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Though rains have brought some respite from the scorching heat, it has raised concerns about an increase in dengue cases in Bengaluru. Statistics from the health department reveal that until May 13, 2,877 dengue cases have been reported in Karnataka. There is a significant rise in cases as compared to last year. As per health experts, this significant rise in dengue cases is a result of sudden changes in weather conditions.
Due to excessive rains, there is an increase in stagnant water near construction sites, potholes, and apartments. So how does stagnant water lead to an increase in dengue cases? Stagnant water serves as a breeding ground for mosquitoes, particularly the Aedes aegypti species which transmit dengue fever. These mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water, and when the eggs hatch, the larvae develop in the water. With more stagnant water due to rains, mosquitoes get more places to breed and multiply, which causes a spike in dengue cases.
How to know if you have dengue? Here are symptoms to watch out for:
High Fever: One of the symptoms of dengue fever is a sudden onset of high fever, typically lasting for 2 to 7 days. The fever is often accompanied by intense sweating and chills.
Severe Headache: Dengue fever is often characterized by severe headaches, which can become debilitating. These headaches may be frontal or retro-orbital (behind the eyes) and are often described as throbbing or pounding.
Pain Behind the Eyes: Many individuals with dengue fever experience pain behind the eyes, known as retro-orbital pain. This symptom is often exacerbated by eye movements.
Muscle and Joint Pain: Dengue fever commonly causes severe muscle and joint pain, often referred to as "breakbone fever" due to the intense discomfort it causes. The pain may be localized or generalized and can persist for several days.
So how to keep yourself safe and protect your loved ones from this mosquito-borne disease? We’ve listed tips you must follow to stay safe.
Use Mosquito Repellent
The most efficient way to prevent dengue fever is to use mosquito repellent. These creams should not be applied more than 3 times a day and the duration of protection usually varies depending on the brand.
Wear Full-Sleeve Clothes
Wear full clothes that can cover you completely. Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and closed-toe shoes instead of sandals.
Keep Windows And Doors Closed
The mosquitoes that carry the dengue viruses are most active from dawn to dusk and keep windows and doors closed during these hours.
Keep Surroundings Clean
Always keep the dustbins clean. Do not let any dirt get collected to avoid mosquitoes.
Use Light Camphor
Use light camphor as it will help you keep the mosquitoes away.
Repair Tanks And Pipes
Repair broken septic tanks and cover vent pipes with wire mesh if available at home.
Avoid Mosquito Prone Areas
Mosquitoes are tropical and humid climates, a description that applies to almost our entire country. Aedes mosquitoes are especially prevalent in urban and semi-urban areas.
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