Last year’s chikungunya outbreak is still fresh in our minds, and frighteningly, dengue this year could have an even bigger impact
So far, the signs are not good: On Thursday alone, 39 new patients were admitted to hospital for dengue, which brings the total number of afflicted up to a whopping 6,694.
Given how utterly debilitating dengue fever can be, with symptoms ranging from headache nausea, eye pain, and joint and muscle pain, it is clear that we cannot let our guard down, and awareness is key to fighting this disease.
The sporadic rainfalls we have been having are what contribute to stagnant water bodies around the city, which mosquitoes find to be suitable environments for breeding and spreading the virus, with terrible consequences to our health.
Since dust and waste in conjunction is what allows Aedes mosquitoes to breed, it is up to the authorities to keep our cities clean, enforce a hygienic environment, and improve our drainage system.
People should remain vigilant, keeping an eye on their rooftops, unused containers, house yards, unused car tires, and other places where stagnant water can remain for more than five days; the water accumulated inside refrigerators and ACs should be cleaned out every three days.
Furthermore, it is best to use mosquito nets at home, and wear clothes that adequately cover the arms and legs to prevent bites; if possible, it is good to use mosquito repellent on exposed skin.
Last year’s chikungunya outbreak is still fresh in our minds, and frighteningly, dengue this year could have an even bigger impact.
A vaccine for dengue does not exist as yet, so let us take every precaution.