Information on dengue
Reducing mosquito breeding
The best method of prevention is to reduce the breeding spots for the Aedes mosquito, which are identifiable by the distinctive black and white stripes on their body.
The Aedes mosquito has an average life cycle of seven days and is generally active around dawn and at dusk. It breeds in stagnant water. Even a small amount of stagnant water, such as in a turned up bottle cap, is enough.
- Change water in vases and bowls on alternate days.
- Remove any stagnant water in flower pot plates, other containers, or fallen leaves.
- Clear any blockages, or stagnant water around your home. If stagnant water is unavoidable, add larvicide.
Symptoms of dengue fever include;
- High fever and at least two of the following:
- Severe headache
- Severe eye pain (behind eyes)
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
- Mild bleeding manifestation (e.g., nose or gum bleed, or easy bruising)