Monday, September 20, 2010

How to prevent dengue? ...nyamuk aedes!

mosquito bite spreads dengue and malaria

Prevention is basically by:
  • Avoiding mosquito bites (by using mosquito repellents containing DEET, picaridin (KBR3023) or oil of lemon eucalyptus)
  • Eliminating pockets of stagnant water that serve as mosquito breeding sites at home, workplaces and their vicinity,
  • Not storing water in open containers. Covering all water containers with lids.
  • Preventing mosquito entry by keeping doors closed and windows screened.
  • Wearing protective clothing like long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks and shoes when outdoors.
  • Using mosquito nets at home.
  • Scrubbing and cleaning margins of containers used for water (to dislodge the eggs of Aedes aegypti)
  • Covering overhead tank to prevent access to mosquitoes.
  • Aedes mosquitoes usually bite during the day; therefore, special precautions should be taken during early morning hours before day break and in the late afternoon before dark.
  • There is no commercially available dengue vaccine (for dengue Flavivirus).

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