Dengue is a mosquito-borne disease. But don’t mix dengue with Malaria as both the diseases are different. It is of two types. The first one is the Mild Dengue Fever and the other one is Severe Dengue Fever. In dengue fever, a person can experience fever, muscle, and Joint pain. Sometimes, dengue can also lead to death. Every year millions of cases of dengue infection occur worldwide. It is most common in the western Pacific island and in Southern Asia.
Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease and most of the time it causes headaches and high fever with severe muscle and joint pain. If a patient suffering from high fever, treatment is necessary. Although some patients can be cured with treatments at home, in severe cases one needs to be admitted to hospital.
Symptoms of Dengue
Well, some of the persons such as children and teens may experience no symptoms of Dengue in case of mild dengue fever. But some people experience the symptoms. The symptoms of dengue fever do begin to appear between four to seven days after the person is bitten by the mosquito that causes Dengue.
If we talk about the temperature that a person can experience than it can be up to 104 degrees F. Along with the temperature, a person must have at least two of the symptoms mentioned below:
- Joint pain or pain in muscle or bone
- Vomiting, feeling of vomiting
- Pain in eyes
- Rashes and Swollen Glands
- Mild Bleeding can also occur in nose, gums, etc
Some of the times these symptoms are mild and we take it as flu or viral infection. But in this case, serious problems can develop if the disease is not treated right.
Who is at Great Risk of Dengue Fever??
Immune System, the system of the body that protects the body from the attacks of viruses and bacteria. A person with a strong immune system has a low risk of infection while a person with a low or weak immune system is at great risk of infection. This is same in the case of Dengue Fever. People with low or weak immune systems are at great risk of developing of dengue hemorrhagic Fever.
Dengue Can Spread From One Person To Another Person or Not??
The short answer is NO. Dengue is a non-contagious disease. That is, it never reaches from one person to another. Dengue is mainly spread by the bite of an infected mosquito called Aedes aegypti which remains more active during the day. When a mosquito draws blood from a person infected with dengue, the virus moves into the salivary glands of the mosquito.
Self-Protection From Dengue Fever
There are certain steps you can follow to protect from the dengue. Below are some of these steps.
- Always use mosquito repellent. Even if you are indoors, you are advised to use the same.
- Always wear long-sleeve shirts and pants
- Close all the doors and windows properly so that mosquito won’t enter the house or in the sleeping areas. You can also use the mosquito nets.
- Stay away from the places where mosquito breeds such as old tyres, flowerpots, etc.