Dengue or Dengue fever is an infectious disease. It can cause high fevers, headaches, rashes, and pain throughout the body.
Dengue fever is not contagious, so it can't spread directly from person to person. There's no vaccine for dengue yet However, precautions to be taken.
When a mosquito bites a person who has dengue fever, the mosquito becomes infected with the virus that causes the disease. It can then spread the virus to other people by biting them.
These mosquitoes lays eggs on accumulated fresh water. The trash near lakes & rivers, tyres, roofs, surroundings can clog rain water attract mosquitoes which can spread the deadly infections. The trash also causes foul smell around the area.
Human Ambulance's volunteers have recently cleaned 'DEBIGHAT' a pond near Dakshindari where people go to spend evenings for relaxation and religious events. These rituals made this place almost a dumping zone. Focusing on, Human Ambulance has taken an initiative to clean this area with the help of volunteers.
Keeping your surroundings and your area clean can help a ton in preventing the chances of Dengue and other food borne diseases. Eg. Diarrhea, cholera, Malaria, Dengue etc.
Kolkata is a city where most people get infected with dengue as there's lack of proper cleanliness especially in some slum areas of Kolkata. Slum areas are more likely to expose this kind of infectious diseases. Hence, it's really crucial to keep your areas clean. And it starts with you.
Dengue fever used to be called "breakbone fever," which might give you severe bone and muscle pain. A person with dengue fever may notice:
Some people can get a more serious form of the infection called dengue hemorrhagic fever. They may have these additional symptoms:
If you think you might have dengue fever, call a doctor right away. You also should call a doctor if you develop symptoms of the infection. A doctor will examine you. He or she will ask you questions about how you're feeling, your medical history, and recent travels. Your doctor might want you to give a blood sample to test for the disease.
Most cases of dengue fever will go away within a couple of days But dengue hemorrhagic fever requires treatment in a hospital with intravenous (IV) fluids and close monitoring. If not treated right away, a person can have heavy bleeding and a drop in blood pressure, and could even die.
You can help keep yourself free of dengue fever by avoiding mosquito bites. If you live in or will be visiting an area where there's dengue fever: