Mosquitoes are the root cause of the spread of various deadly diseases. Normally, we all know that mosquitoes can be quite irksome with their buzzing sound and itchy bites. But few of the species are the vectors of diseases like malaria, Zika virus, Chikungunya, Filariasis, and Dengue fever. Mosquitoes are generally attracted to humans because of many reasons. Blood is the main reason for their attraction because the female mosquitoes feed mainly on blood and also need the nutrients in our blood to feed their eggs. Apart from the urge to suck our blood, did you know that mosquitoes also find us because of our breath? The high amount of carbon dioxide that is exhaled by us gives them direction for their food because mosquitoes have odor sensing instruments called palps with them that can detect carbon dioxide from 150 feet away.
Now, it’s understandable that keeping the mosquitoes away from us is difficult as we are the main food source but we can always minimize their numbers by proper preventions. Among all the diseases spread by these pests dengue fever is one of the most painful mosquito-borne tropical diseases caused by dengue virus. Let’s discuss a few details about this deadly disease.
What is dengue?
Dengue fever is caused by the dengue virus that is carried and spread mainly by female mosquitoes of Aedes Aegypti species. The dengue virus is a Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) virus which is of five different types and all of them can cause a full spectrum of the disease but the only difference is one type gives lifelong immunity and others provide short term immunity to the patient. The virus is transferred from one patient to another by the mosquito. When a mosquito bites an infected person the dengue virus enters the mosquito and when the infected mosquito bites another healthy person the virus enters the bloodstream of the healthy person making him affected with dengue virus. Dengue is not a contagious disease and cannot be spread directly from person to person.
Symptoms of Dengue Fever
The symptoms of the fever appear only after three to fourteen days of the bite. The fever lasts for two to seven days and usually, children are most infected. Even though younger children are infected most but teenagers and adults have a more severe illness. Sudden high fever, severe headaches, pain behind the eyes, severe joint and muscle pain, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and skin rashes which mostly appear after 2 to 5 days of the fever, are few of the basic symptoms that appear with the onset of the fever. Dengue is also called as the “break-bone fever” because of the rigorous pain in the muscles and joints.
So, what to do? There are many ways to prevent this disease from spreading. Any source of stagnant water should be removed immediately as these mosquitoes breed in a small amount of water and very rapidly. Apart from that, you should use mosquito repellants and nets while sleeping and keep full clothing on so that there can be minimal exposure to the mosquitoes for biting. If you are unsure of what to clean up then you should contact a professional mosquito control services in Bangalore like TechSquadTeam to take care of your infested home. Just give a call on 080-4653-5800 or visit our website www.techsquadteam.com for booking an appointment and keep your family healthy against the dengue epidemic.