fever has often come down. At this time.. The highest biting intensity is about 2 hours after sunrise and before sunset. accompanied with severe headache. With proper treatment. the patient may have coffee-ground vomiting or black stools. Aspirin and Ibuprofen should be avoided since they can increase the risk of bleeding. restlessness. tires. Dengue fever cannot be spread directly from person to person. etc. The fever lasts for 5-7 days. This indicates bleeding in the intestines. rashes on the skin and nausea or vomiting. cans. Collect and destroy discarded containers where water can collect.g. It is best to consult a physician. Use repellents but be careful in using them in young children and the elderly. plastic bags. To prevent the mosquitoes from multiplying. drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food. How does dengue spread? Dengue fever is transmitted to people by the bite of an Aedesmosquito that is infected with the dengue virus. or bleeding from any site (nose. They should take rest. buckets. the patients with these conditions can recover fully. the container should be covered with a tight fitting lid. The mosquito becomes infected with dengue when it bites a person who hasdengue fever or DHF. Proper treatment provided in time can save lives. Wear full sleeves clothing and long dresses to cover as much of your body as possible. gums and skin. bottles. Is there a vaccine to prevent dengue fever? A vaccine has been developed to prevent dengue fever but it is still under trial. Can dengue fever be treated at home? Most patients with dengue fever can be treated at home. passage of black stools). Remove all objects containing water (e. What is the treatment? Like most viral diseases there is no specific cure for dengue fever. Occasionally a patient suffering formdengue may develop bleeding. In some patients. fever comes down on the third or fourth day but it recurs. Common sites for bleeding are the nose.What is Dengue Fever (DF)? Dengue fever is an infection caused by a virus. pain behind the eyes. persistent abdominal pain. It occurs commonly as dengue fever. Indications for hospitalization are persistent vomiting. inability to take oral fluids. Sometimes.g. When should I suspect Dengue? Dengue should be suspected when you have sudden onset of high fever. Can people die from dengue fever? People who suffer from dengue fever have no risk of death but some of them develop Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever or Dengue Shock Syndrome. Generally the progression towards dengue hemorrhagic fever or dengue shock syndrome occurs after 3-5 days of fever. How can the multiplication of mosquitoes be reduced? Dengue mosquitoes breed in stored. This is the most dangerous period that requires high vigilance. body aches. This may mislead many of us to believe that the patient is heading towards recovery. If storage of water can't be helped. Paracetamol is the drug of choice to bring down fever and joint pain. It is not yet available in the market. barrels. drain out the water from tanks. e. exposed water collections. Whenever available. The patient with dengue fever who develops bleeding has dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF). In some of these cases death can occur. Sufficient fluid intake is very important. Antibiotics do not help. . Oral Rehydration Salt (commonly used in treating diarrhea) should be used. etc. plant saucers) from the house. drums. gums. 39-40°C. How can I prevent mosquito bites? Dengue mosquitoes bite during the day time.

preventing dengue form occurring. old people and others who nap during the day. What can the community do to prevent dengue? The main strategy in the prevention and control of dengue issource reduction.Use mosquito coils and electric vapor mats during daytime. . or prevention of breeding places. Every household can undertake simple measures to prevent existing water collections from becoming breeding places of Aedes aegypti. Use mosquito nets to protect children. House cleaning by all members of the community will ensure that no breeding places exist.

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