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Monday, September 15, 2008

DeNGue FeVeR INFeSTaTiON: "A ReMiNDeR OF WHaT To Do WHeN IT CoMeS To DeNGue FeVeR"....

DENGUE fever is a fever that is transmitted by the Aedes mosquito, the vector that transmits the dengue virus. Dengue is spread from one person to another through the bite of this mosquito which occurs in the day time. Dengue fever often occurs in areas where the virus is prevalent and the mosquitoes breed. The fever usually lasts three to seven days and in the course of it, red rashes may appear. Dengue fever is dangerous because the patient can bleed and become weak very quickly.

(1) Symptoms of dengue:
*Fever lasting more than three days.
*Skin appears reddish with islands of white.
*Abdominal pain, headache and joint pains.
*Vomiting blood or blood noticed when brushing teeth.
*Body feels cold, and can be accompanied by onset of erratic behaviour.
*Decreased urination.

(2) What parents can do:
*Give the right dosage of paracetamol to control the fever.
*Encourage your child to drink more water/fluids.
*Check your child for red rashes or red spots (face and body).
*Prevent further mosquito bites by using mosquito nets and ensure that no water is collected in receptacles (such as vases, flower pot holders, etc) around the home as these act as breeding grounds for the Aedes agypti mosquito.

(3) Refer to a doctor immediately when:
*Fever is prolonged.
*Appearance of red rashes around the face and body.
*Dengue cases have been reported in your residential area.
*If you suspect and are worried that your child may have contracted dengue fever.

Patients with dengue haemorrhagic fever need to have intravenous fluid infused. Bleeding may only occur in a minority of dengue patients. Most dengue patients have fever only and do not present with bleeding. However, both parents and doctors have to be vigilant and look for signs of bleeding or impending shock.