At least 56 dengue cases have been reported in Delhi this season. Here are some dos and don’ts to keep in your mind to help protect yourself from dengue and other mosquito-borne infections.
The mosquito-borne viral infection causes flu-like symptoms |Photo Credit: Thinkstock
New Delhi: Delhi is witnessing a rise in the number of people suffering from dengue, chikungunya and malaria. According to a municipal report released on Tuesday, a total of 109 malaria cases and 56 dengue cases have been reported this season till August 4. The city also reported 37 cases of chikungunya this season. Considering the surge in the number of cases of mosquito-borne diseases during the monsoon, the Delhi government has asked private hospitals and nursing homes to increase their bed strength by 10-20% till October 31.
Dengue, in particular, affects your blood cells, resulting in a sudden drop in the platelet count. The mosquito-borne viral infection causes flu-like symptoms. Sometimes, it can lead to a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue. Dengue is a fast emerging pandemic-prone disease in many parts of the world. Since dengue is transmitted through the bites of an infected mosquito, taking simple precautions can help prevent or reduce your risk of getting sick. Aedes aegypti mosquito is the main vector that transmits the viruses that cause dengue. Here are some dos and don’ts to keep in your mind to help protect yourself from dengue and other mosquito-borne infections:
- Keep your surroundings clean to reduce mosquito habitat. Try to clean and empty containers that hold standing water, such as flower vases, animal dishes, at least once a week. Remember, mosquitoes breed in stagnant, standing water.
- Apply insect repellents on your hands and legs to avoid mosquito bites – opt for the ones that are considered safe for your skin. For instance, you can use a repellent containing at least a 10% concentration of DEET. DEET is designed for direct application to people’s skin to repel insects. Also, always use a mosquito net while sleeping.
- Wear protective clothing to protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times. If you’re going to mosquito-infested areas, ensure that you are wearing long-sleeved shirt, long pants, socks and shoes.
- Stay and sleep in screened or air-conditioned rooms because the mosquitoes that carry the dengue viruses can also bite at night, although they are generally most active from dawn to dusk.
- In case, you have a fever or symptoms common to dengue fever, don’t just pop pills to sleep it off. See your doctor, after all, getting diagnosed early and taking actions can help prevent further complications.
Hope the above suggested tips will help you enjoy a safe and healthy monsoon.