I already mentioned once why I am so paranoid with dengue fever. We lost a love one (husband’s nephew) 3 years ago from dengue. Anything about dengue, my blog is open. So when I received an invite for a dengue fever management event, I have to attend, even if it means braving Makati (and the traffic) on FRIDAY!. It was all worth it. Anything to help raise awareness about dengue and dengue fever.
I was planning to write a lengthy article about dengue, but I did that na pala a few years back. In the spirit of list blogging (and for easy understanding and faster writing haha), I present to you FACTS about Dengue Fever that You Should Know.
1. Things you should know about Aedes aegypti:
- Aedes aegypti is a striped mosquito (see photo above) and though usually known to bite at dusk and dawn, they can bite and spread the infection at anytime of the day, all year round.
- Aedes aegypti life span is only 4 weeks but their egg can last for more than a year, even on dry land.
- Aedes aegypti can transmits the virus by biting an infected person then biting another but it will take 8 days after the bite before they can transmit the virus.
2. Things you should know about Dengue Fever:
- Dengue fever is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti
- There are 4 types of dengue virus and being infected once does not give you immunity to this virus. A person can get infected 4x but from Dr. Gatchalian mentioned that if you got infected twice, there is little chance of being infected again.
- Dengue fever can be cured but if left untreated, it can lead to death.
- The only way to treat it is to manage the fever (and water therapy). The only fever management medicine for dengue is PARACETAMOL.
- When dengue fever is suspected, go to the nearest health center or hospital for diagnosis and treatment.
3. What we can do to prevent dengue?
- Search and Destroy. Search for stagnant water around your house since this is where Aedes aegypti breed. Destroy all the breeding grounds to prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs.
- Self protection measures such as wearing longer clothes and applying insect repellent products.
- Seek early consultaion when there is fever for more than 2 days.
- Say NO to indiscriminate fogging. Fogging will only drive mosquitoes away, only say YES to fogging during outbreaks.
BONUS: Help save lives by spreading awareness about Dengue Fever, how to manage it and how to prevent it.
Donna saysSeptember 13, 2014 at 12:13 am
I had dengue three years ago so when I also heard about this event I just can’t say no. Nice seeing you there!
Mommy Pehpot saysOctober 15, 2014 at 8:46 am
nice seeing you too! 🙂 and you’re adorable PR boy haha
Pinoy Health Tips saysJanuary 7, 2015 at 3:21 am
“The only way to treat it is to manage the fever (and water therapy). The only fever management medicine for dengue is PARACETAMOL.”
Then is it alright to cure dengue in our own homes?
Mommy Pehpot saysJuly 8, 2015 at 9:01 am
I think so.. but to be safe, some opt to stay in the hospital