Our partners, Interhealth, have just published a great article with tips on how to avoid dengue fever.
- What is dengue fever? It is is a mosquito-borne viral infection transmitted by the Aedesmosquito that has been reported in over 100 countries.
- How do I avoid getting it? At present the most effective way of preventing dengue is by avoiding mosquito bites, especially during daylight hours i.e. around dawn and dusk when these mosquitoes are most active.
- Where can I get more information? Download InterHealth’s information and guidance sheet about Dengue Fever
- What if I need personal advice about dengue? Use MyHealth Advice Hub: Wherever you are, 'Ask a Doctor' for advice about any illness or medical issue.
- What would you recommend to prevent mosquito bites? Cover up and use a DEET-based insect repellant - wear clothes that cover your arms and legs and wear a DEET-based insect repellent whenever possible, especially after dawn and before sunset. Spray permethrin or DEET-based insect repellents on clothing. If possible spray permethrin or DEET based repellents on your clothing after every wash as mosquitoes may be able to bite through thin clothing.
- Can you identify an Aedes mosquito? You can easily spot them - they have a distinctive black and white striped body. They are often found around stagnant water.
- Know if you've got it: Dengue usually starts with a fever lasting 1-5 days. Other symptoms are headache, muscle ache, pain and a rash. Most infections clear up on their own within one to two weeks. Although rare in travellers, the more severe dengue haemorrhagic fever can cause high fever, enlarged liver, symptoms of heart failure and flu-like symptoms. If you think you may be infected, visit a doctor as soon as possible.