What is Dengue Fever?

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne illness. People who live in a tropical or subtropical are the most likely to develop it. Severe Dengue Fever can lead to death. The Dengue Fever virus is transmitted by infected female mosquitoes. It is transmitted by either the Aedes aegypti or Ae. albopictus species.

Symptoms of Dengue Fever

People will typically develop symptoms three to 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Fever, headache, sore throat, vomiting and nausea are some of symptoms of Dengue Fever. Some people will develop more severe symptoms such as heavy bleeding, low blood pressure and abdominal pain.

Treatment

There is no specific treatment protocol for Dengue Fever. Your physician will likely recommend that you drink plenty of water in order to avoid dehydration. Decreased urination, few or no tears, cold or clammy extremities and lethargy are some of the symptoms of dehydration. You can also use over-the-counter pain relievers in order to reduce pain and fever.

If you have severe Dengue Fever, then you will need to be hospitalized. You may need to get a blood transfusion if you have lost blood. You can also get intravenous IV treatments in order to replace loss fluids.

Preventing the Disease

There is currently one vaccine that is available to prevent Dengvaxia. It is available for people who are between the ages of 9 and 45. People will get three doses of the vaccine over the course of 12 months. Dengvaxia is about 50 percent effective for preventing Dengue Fever.

This vaccine is not available for children who are under the age of 9 because of the risks of complications. However, the World Health Organization recommends that people do everything that they can to avoid being bitten by a mosquito. Controlling the mosquito population is the key to preventing Dengue Fever and other mosquito-borne illnesses.

You will need to wear protective clothing. Wear long pants and shirts when you are in an area that is infested with mosquitoes. You will also need to use mosquito repellent. Additionally, it is best for you to stay inside at dawn or dusk because those are the times when the mosquitoes are the most active.

If you are having a problem controlling the mosquito population on your own, then you will need to contact a professional company. Mosquito Squad of North Central Orlando can kill mosquitoes and prevent them from coming back.