Dengue Fever Essay
Nowadays many people suffer from dengue. Dengue is the most common viral illness around the world caused by a small mosquito. Dengue fever is a quite dangerous febrile/feverish disease that can mainly be found in the tropics. Regrettably, it can lead to serious medical problems like dengue. To make the picture clearer, dengue fever is not caused by every mosquito. In fact, it is caused by the AedesAegypti mosquito which carries a deadly virus.
An infected person might have a high chance of developing high fever, rashes, feel nausea and experience muscle and joint pains. It is no joking matter when a person becomes infected as the symptoms may last between six to seven days. To make things worse, it may become fatal and cost you your life. Very often, an infected person is admitted into the hospital for immediate medical treatment.
The symptoms of dengue fever are severe headache, pain in the muscles and joints, and rash that can be described as small red spots. Some patients experience gastritis, diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Dengue fever usually starts suddenly with a high fever, headache, pain behind the eyes, and pain in the muscles and joints. A rash usually appears 3 to 4 days after the start of the fever. Nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite are common.
Each type of the dengue virus is re-emerging worldwide, especially in the western hemisphere. Researches have shown that several factors are contributing to the resurgence dengue fever such as uncontrolled urbanization, increased international travel, substandard socio-economic conditions, and finally global warming. Global warming has shown to be a major contributor to the spread of dengue fever. Global warming can cause dry spells in some countries and increased rainfall and humidity in others. The dry spells reduce small medium bodies of water like springs and ponds to small puddles that become potential breeding ground for mosquitoes. Likewise increased rainfall and humidity also leads to collection of water that affords possible breeding grounds for mosquitoes
As the saying goes, ‘Prevention Is Better than Cure’, dengue can be prevented in your neighbourhood just by following a few simple precautions. Way to prevent dengue fever. On the very top of the list, clear all clogged drains. Clogged drains are the easiest place for mosquitoes to breed. This is because clogged drains contain garbage and other things that cause water to be stagnant. After we clear the drain, check that there is no stagnant water so that mosquitoes will not breed. Water is a place for mosquitoes to lay eggs. We must clear all places that contain water weekly. Next, To make sure mosquitoes do not breed in our house, we must change the water in vases on alternate days. Also add granular insecticide to water to prevent mosquitoes larvae. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water in just a matter of three weeks.
Apart from that, turn over all water storage containers. These containers can hold water which will be an ideal breeding site. Do not forget to cover these containers with lids. Besides that, we must check the gutters on our roofs every month. Again this is to make there is no stagnant water. Finally, use mosquito repellent whenever necessary to keep mosquito at bay. Please use mosquito repellent in the evening or at night before going to bed. Also if you live in a terrace house, let foggers into your house. It may help to kill mosquitoes away. My dear friends, all the measures mentioned only takes 10 minutes. Everybody should play their role to prevent dengue and also to prevent aedes from breeding. In this way we can curb this menacing disease. Last but not least, trim tall plants frequently and ensure that dead leaves and branches are cleared. These can also become potential breeding grounds for Aedes mosquitoes.
University/College: University of Arkansas System
Type of paper: Thesis/Dissertation Chapter
Date: 19 October 2016