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Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease that occurs in tropical and subtropical areas

Dengue is a mosquito-borne disease that is spread through mosquito bites. A sharp increase in dengue cases is reported in India each year during the monsoons. The damp weather and rainwater collected in various places encourage mosquito breeding. Dengue symptoms usually begin four to six days after infection. Sudden high fever, headache, joint pain, pain behind the eyes, vomiting, and rash are common symptoms of dengue. With dengue cases on the rise in different parts of the country, here are some preventative methods you should follow to reduce your risk of contagion.

Dengue Fever Prevention: Follow These Prevention Steps

1. Dispose of solid waste properly. Remove any man-made man-made spots, such as pots, that encourage mosquitos to multiply.

2. Cover any containers or empty receptacles in your garden or patio. You can also hold them upside down.

3. Clean the water storage tank regularly. Avoid collecting water as much as possible.

4. Minimize skin exposure to mosquitos. Wear full-sleeved, loose clothing to avoid mosquito bites.

5. Use mosquito repellants such as sprays, creams, and nets. Use mosquito nets when you are not sleeping in an air-conditioned room.

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Dengue prevention: use mosquito repellants to prevent mosquito bites
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6. Make sure your doors and windows are free of holes and closed when not in use.

7. If not urgent, avoid traveling to areas at risk of dengue fever.

Also Read: Dengue Fever Prevention: What You Should Do To Avoid Your Risk At Home

Complications of dengue fever

A small number of people with dengue can develop a severe form of the disease called dengue hemorrhagic fever. In this condition, the patient may experience symptoms such as a high fever, damage to the lymphatic system, bleeding under the skin, internal bleeding, tiredness and restlessness. If the patient experiences these symptoms, it is important to seek medical help at the earliest.

Disclaimer: This content, including advice, is for general information only. It in no way replaces a qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV assumes no responsibility for this information.

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