Dengue fever cases have been reported as early as a couple of weeks ago, but I think it’s now safe to say that we have an outbreak on our hands. There have been 195 clinical cases and 37 confirmed Dengue fever cases in The Bahamas.
So, I’m doing my part to ensure that as many Bahamians know as much about this virus as possible.
What is Dengue Fever?
Dengue [DEN-ghee] is a flu-like virus spread by the bite of infected mosquitoes. People usually die from Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever which is a sever complication of Dengue.
What are the signs and symptoms of Dengue Fever?
Dengue fever begins with a sudden high fever, often as high as 104 – 105 degrees Fahrenheit.
A flat, red rash may appear over most of the body 2 – 5 days after the fever starts. A second rash, which looks like the measles, appears later in the disease. Infected people may have increased skin sensitivity and are very uncomfortable.
Other symptoms include:
- Headache (especially behind the eyes)
- Joint aches
- Muscle aches
- Swollen lymph nodes
The severity of the joint pain has also given dengue fever the name of “breakbone fever”. Persons are usually sick for up to 10 days, but complete recovery can take as long as a month with older children and adults usually being more affected than younger children.
How can Dengue be Prevented?
There is no specific treatment for Dengue and no vaccine to prevent it. The best way to avoid getting dengue fever is to avoid being bitten by affected mosquitoes. Unlike Malaria mosquitos Dengue infected mosquitos bite in the Day.
Use Mosquito repellent on skin and clothing
Eliminate mosquito breeding sites around your dome. Discard items that can collect rain or run off water, especially old tires.
Dengue fever is a re-emerging infectious disease. All types of dengue virus are re-emerging all over the world and causing larger and more frequent epidemics. In tropical countries around the world, it is one of the most common viral diseases spread to humans by mosquitoes.
While most cases result in relatively mild sickness, some can progress to dengue hemorrhagic fever. Which without prompt treatment can lead to death. The Bahamas is an ideal climate for the mosquitos that transmit dengue, so ensure that you take all precautions to protect yourself.
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