Compiled by Diamay Klem D. Balacuit
First Printed on Vol. XCI No. 1. July 30, 2019.
The dengue fever, a mosquito-borne infection spread by a certain species of mosquito – the Aedes aegypti, has already affected almost 106, 630 people in our country starting from January to June this year. Because of this alarming number, the Department of Health (DOH) declared the National Dengue Alert with the objective of spreading awareness and prevention to the public. Here are some tips to prevent from getting this virus:
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to cover your arms and legs.
Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants can protect you from getting a bite coming from a virus-carrying mosquito. To have a long-lasting protection, wear a permethrin-treated clothing and gear.
- Use mosquito nets while sleeping.
When you sleep in a place with many mosquitoes, consider using mosquito nets for they will serve as your protection while sleeping. This is applicable when sleeping areas do not have screen windows and doors.
- Make sure that windows and door screens are closed to avoid mosquitoes getting inside enclosed spaces.
Installing windows and door screens is a great help. Having these in homes, schools, and offices can prevent not just the dengue virus but also the other viruses brought by the other insects.
In this time when diseases are rampant, prevention is the key.