What do you do to keep Mosquitoes away and fight Dengue Fever?
September 22, 2010 3:31am CST
There has been a rapid increase of Dengue fever cases all over our country and a lot of people, especially the kids are getting infected by this disease and there has been an increase of deaths too. We should all make an effort to protect our family and to prevent this from spreading any further. Aside from keeping our surroundings clean, free from stagnant water and using mosquito repellents...What other ways do you know to keep this Dengue carrying mosquitoes away?
22 Sep 10
# 1 Implement community vector control programs. This is essential because the only means of preventing dengue is to avoid being bitten by an infected mosquito. # 2 Eliminate potential breeding grounds for the vector mosquitoes. This includes even small amounts of stagnant water, especially those around human habitation. Pots and old tires should be kept empty and even water in flower vases should be changed regularly. # 3 Stay out of areas where dengue is endemic. This is not a very practical means of prevention because this would include most sub-temperate areas of the world. Apply mosquito repellents containing N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide (DEET) to the skin when outside in these areas. Spray an insecticide containing permethrin to protective clothing. # 4 Remain indoors as much as possible in rooms with air conditioning or effective screening. Use indoor insect repellents. Mosquito netting at night is not a deterrent because Andes mosquitoes bite during the day. # 5 Monitor the progress on dengue vaccines. A safe vaccine has been developed and is undergoing clinical trials. An effective vaccine will need to provide immunity to all four serologic types of the dengue virus.
22 Sep 10
First of all, pay attention to our room. Make sure it is always clean, especially from food, water, or dirty clothes, as mosquitoes usually love those things. Second, never leave a water source open. Close it with anything, especially glasses you use to drink. Mosquitoes love clean water and will drop its eggs over there. Third, clean the outside part of our house regularly, especially sewer or hole.