In the fight against dengue, scientists from the University of Oxford and Oxitec Ltd. in the UK and University of California have developed a strain of flightless female aedes mosquito that will curb the spread of dengue and eventually eliminate it. But until this is put to practice, the following advice from Dr Sandeep Budhiraja, chief of internal medicine, Max Healthcare, New Delhi will help you keep safe.
Get the facts right: The dengue mosquito attacks at breakfast and lunchtime, typically below the elbow and knee. It breeds in fresh water collected in and around your house (coolers, pots, bird baths).
There are four different virus strains associated with dengue. So you can get it up to four times in your life-each time it’s more severe than the previous. However, infection from one strain of the virus gives you lifelong immunity from that particular strain.
Recognize the symptoms: Watch out for mild fever to an enfeebling high fever with severe headache and body ache, stomach pain and rashes.
Do the needful: Visit the doc immediately. He will advise a blood test. If found positive (low platelet count, high SGOT and SGPT), you will need plenty of fluids and rest. Preventive measures include wearing clothes that cover your arms and legs and using mosquito repellents.