Dengue fever

@maximax8 (28249)
United Kingdom
November 23, 2010 10:15am CST
I have read some travel books and they have mentioned dengue fever which is a viral infection. It is transmitted by a Aedes mosquitoes which bite during the daytime. In my travels so far I thought mosquitoes were active just as it got dark and during the night time. I have tried to to avoid catching malaria. I have been to countries that have a malaria risk: Kenya which had a high risk, Indonesia and Guatemala which had a lower risk. I remember finding out some friends in Queensland, Australia had got dengue fever. Have you ever heard about dengue fever? Where in the world is it a risk? What can be done to avoid getting mosquito bites?
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9 responses
• Philippines
23 Nov 10
Hello! I'm from the Philippines. I must admit that our country is one of the countries that has a high risk of Dengue Fever case. The only remedy is prevention. Avoid places that are at risk of getting bitten by aedes aegypti such as forest, stagnant water, and the like. Mosquito repellents are also available. Mosquito nets can be used if you go outdoor activities.
@maximax8 (28249)
• United Kingdom
23 Nov 10
I think that it is very wise to avoid all the mosquitoes by using insect repellent and nets on the bed in the night time. I would really love to visit the Philippines to do some island hopping and snorkeling. When I was traveling in Kenya I had arm bands and leg bands bathed in a very strong and well last lasting insect repellent. I had a mosquito net on my bed. I got changed into trousers just before sunset. Thanks for your wonderful response.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
24 Nov 10
You're safe if you're going island hopping. From what I heard there are more cases in the urban areas, probably because of stagnant water. But to be sure, there are lotions here that contain mosquito repellants. And if you do as you did in Kenya, you'd be fine.
@marguicha (94374)
• Chile
24 Nov 10
There are many countries that have this threat, maxine. One of my closest friends lived in Venezuela for years and they had it in some parts of the country. Other central American coutries (and I suppose everywhere thereĀ“s tropical forest and dampness) they have it. I had a malaria shot before going to Kunayala. We did not have mosquitoes then, but two or threeweeks before, other friends were bitten.
@maximax8 (28249)
• United Kingdom
24 Nov 10
That is interesting to hear my dear friend. It was a shame your friends got bitten. I remember that you had a trip to the San Blas Islands in Panama. It was wise you had protection from malaria.
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
24 Nov 10
For me use mosquito net when you are sleeping but the mosquito dengue is want to bite in the morning until the sun rise so you need to use the off lotion so that the mosquito can't bite you.
@maximax8 (28249)
• United Kingdom
24 Nov 10
Yes, that is exactly what I worry about since they bite during the day time. I will look into reliable sorts of insect repellent. Dengue fever is not something I would like to catch.
24 Nov 10
Yes, dengue is everywhere. You just need to keep your resistance strong and always clean your surroundings that could possibly nested with mosquitoes.
@maximax8 (28249)
• United Kingdom
24 Nov 10
When I was in a guest house in the Seychelles I saw lots of mosquitoes in the bathroom. There isn't malaria there but I didn't wish to be bitten by them. It is wise to clean up areas of water that might go stagnant. In the Maldives one of the staff lit a mosquito coil every evening.
@skysuccess (8882)
• Singapore
24 Nov 10
maximax8, If I may add here - Dengue Fever can happen anywhere even in your own home. It is a fact as this strain is actually picking up and has been on the increase. You see in developed countries, people are getting careless with environmental issues like waste disposals and drainage. All it takes is some stagnant water from flower pots, drains, roofs and many other places that can hold water for an extensive period - and you will be sure that we are actually going to have the Aedes mosquitoes which are responsible for this infection. I believe Dengue can only be controlled if the community can work together and be meticulous in our ways. Authorities should have environmental emphasis and education while people should be aware of their environment. Simple acts like overturning empty and unused flower pots or pails can really go a long way to controlling this form of infection. For me, I would pay close attention to the weather and health conditions of the countries I am visiting. Countries that just had a monsoon season, flood or heavy rain are to be taken into consideration and you can be sure that I will be carrying my insect repellent and applying it when I am outdoors in these countries. So do take care and pay attention to details.
@maximax8 (28249)
• United Kingdom
24 Nov 10
Hi Sky Success, Yes, it is very important to take care with environmental issues. When I was 20 years old I fell down an open drain in Malaysia and injured my leg. I think in some communities there can be stagnant water left around. This terrible if it causes lots of aedes mosquitoes and these give many of the local people dengue fever.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
23 Nov 10
I get bitten by mosquitoes if I am off the Island for more than 3 weeks,and I have had Dengue fever and it was not nice. You feel like hell with all flu like symptoms, No you can get mosquito bites during the day as well but you are right in saying that it is more prevalent at night. If you tale an antihistamine tablets like Benadryl for a few days before and take whilst on the Island they will not bother you so much. Lots of natural sprays too but sleep under netting
@maximax8 (28249)
• United Kingdom
23 Nov 10
It is excellent to have your response. I am very sorry to hear that you have suffered from dengue fever. It sounds very bad and much worse than a normal sort of flu. When I was in one region of New Zealand I came across sand flies and they fly about in the day time. They are called something which means you don't see them but you feel they have bitten. When I traveled to Mexico, Belize and Guatemala I didn't think about needing to protect myself against malaria. Only in Kenya was I very sure at avoiding all mosquito bites.
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
23 Nov 10
Dengue fever is not new here. We have campaigns not to breed mosquitoes. I find the slogan "When they breed, you bleed" very appropriate. People have lost their lives to dengue feve. I think vaccines are available. However, the most effective is to remove all stale water from containers.
@maximax8 (28249)
• United Kingdom
23 Nov 10
I think that the slogan "When they breed, you bleed" very true indeed. It is a shame that there is dengue fever in your home country. I have heard mosquitoes like to be near water. Many thanks for your superb response.
@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
25 Nov 10
it is a very common infection here in the tropics. everyone has to be careful because it attacks like wind. the mosquitoes usually breed in stagnant waters and unsanitary surroundings. but it seems many persons even in places neat and nice also get bitten by these mosquitoes which is really bad. it could be fatal. ann
25 Nov 10
dengue is more frequently seen in developing countries. avoid mosquito bites.thats the only way to prevent it. use mosquito nets repellents etc.