Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Dengue Prevention Trough Clean Surroundings

Dengue hemorrhagic fever is an acute infectious disease that is manifested initially with a fever. This disease occurs in all age groups. This disease is preventable but prevalent in urban centers where population density is high, water supply is inadequate which results in water shortage and a good breeding place for mosquitoes and solid waste collection and storing are also inadequate. Aedes aegypti is the species of mosquito that is the transmitter of the disease which lays eggs in clear stagnant water found in flower vases, cans, rain barrels and old rubber tires. The adult mosquito rest in dark places of the house.

The dengue disease is best-treated trough prevention by getting rid of the breeding spots for mosquitoes that carry the disease and this starts right in our homes. A clean home requires extensive home cleaning and effective insect control particularly mosquitoes, are two of the most important chores that yield great impact on our health. More than just being an eyesore, unclean surroundings bring germs that cause illness. Unclean places also become breeding grounds to diseases carrying insects; the most popular or notorious would be the day biting mosquito Aedes aegypti that causes dengue hemorrhagic fever.

So it is prudent that we must search and destroy possible breeding grounds of dengue carrying mosquitoes like old tires, broken vases and bottle caps; wear long sleeve shirts and pants for self protection; seek health professionals for fever that is already two days or more; and say no to indiscriminate fogging. The rainy months also bring a plethora of diseases that are fortunately very much preventable. The most common of this band of illness is dengue, which is already downing people since the ancient times.



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