10 Ways to Beat Dengue Fever
March 1, 2009 11:14pm CST
1. Clean up your backyard. Mosquitoes love to stay in dark and damp areas. So if your garage is littered with boxes and assorted garbage, clean them up or throw them away. 2. Empty containers with stagnant water. The dengue-carrying mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. This means that flower pots, garbage cans, aquariums, unused swimming pools, tires and other muds and piles are potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes. 3. Check your surroundings for stagnant water. Upturned coconut shells are also notorious for holding water. Nonmoving rivers, especialy in squatter areas, are full of mosquito eggs. 4. Close your doors and windows. If it's too stuff, place a screen door that keeps the flies and mosquitoes outside. 5. Spray insecticide regularly. To rid your house of mosquitoes, flies and cockroaches, spray insecticides every few days. Just spray selected rooms when people are not there. 6. Wear pants, pajamas, long sleeves, and socks. Mosquitoes are attracted to our breath as we exhale so they know how to reach us even in the dark. 7. Apply insect-repellents. Kids like to play outdoors and are prime targets of these mosquitoes. Avoid applying lotion on eyes, mouth or hands. 8. Kill those mosquitoes. When it comes to dengue, it's either kill or be killed. Instruct everyone to kill as many mosquitoes and flies as they can. 9. Involve the whole community. The best way to defeat dengue is if the whole village is aware of the threat. Ask the village to schedule a cleanup day. The dangers is in those empty houses and lots, which are excellent breeding places for mosquitoes. Become a volunteer to monitor and clean your surroundings. 10. Spread the word: Dengue fever is here. You'll never know where dengue will strike next so better be prepared. Inform your friends too. Follow these 10 simple rules and you many not only save your love one's life but also your own. Fight dengue now. http://www.diagnoseurillness.com Source: Willie T. Ong MD, MPH - Philippine Daily Inquirer
9 Mar 09
I really wish I read your post early . I could have prevented myself from having that disease. Aside from it is very weakening having dengue, the medication cost a lot too. I almost lost my salary just because of treatment...luckily I am going normal now. Well, what's with all the money if we are unhealthy.
• United States
2 Mar 09
Laydee, thank for the great info on dengue. I live in the Yucatan area of Mexico and am very concerned about mosquitos and possible sickness. I do try and apply repellent, never allow standing water in my yard and keeping the screens repaired. Despite what I do, the pesky creatures still seem to find a way to get in. They always comes straight to me, never my husband. I really like all your info but still wonder if dengue can ever be controlled. Do they spray the area where you live? They don't here and I certainly wish they would.
2 Mar 09
There are areas where they do spray. It's an SOP in schools that they do some fogging to keep the mosquitoes out. You could do it too, just light some dry leaves near your home and just let it smoke. I hope that's legal there, it is legal here and it does help the plants as well as repel mosquitoes. Perhaps you have sweet blood that's why mosquitoes run after you hahahhaa..
2 Mar 09
Thank you very much for your tips. Mosquitoes scares me most. There are lots of mosquitoes in our area and no matter how desperate you clean, still there are mosquitoes that would come. It takes a whole community to clean.