Dengue fever causes, symptoms and precautions
With more than 50,000 reported cases of dengue in Pakistan in the current year, this mosquito-borne disease has been a popular topic of discussion throughout the country.
Undoubtedly, this is among the worst outbreaks ever experienced. Healthcare professionals are struggling day and night to help dengue afflicted patients fight this fever and feel better again.
What is Dengue Fever?
Dengue fever is also known as ‘dandy fever’ or ‘breakbone fever’. It is a mosquito-borne disease that can prompt a serious influenza-like sickness. It is brought about by four distinctive infections and spread by Aedes mosquitoes.
Cause of Dengue Fever
Dengue is spread through the female mosquito (Aedes aegypti) bite. When a mosquito takes the blood of a person infected with this virus, the mosquito is infected. The infected mosquito can then transmit the virus after about a week while biting a healthy person.
Note: In case you’re wondering what happened to the infected mosquito…NOTHING! Mosquitoes aren’t affected by this virus at all, they only serve as carriers of the disease.
Symptoms of Dengue
Dengue fever has mild to severe symptoms. A person infected with this virus may experience at least two of the following symptoms:
These top five preventive measures could help save you from getting infected by dengue virus: