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Dengue Fever on the Rise

Dengue fever is a virus spread through a bite by the Aedes species of mosquitoes (commonly Aedes Aegypti mosquito). These mosquitoes typically lay eggs in stagnant or long standing water. Dengue is transmitted in different ways. From mosquito-to-human through bites or from mother-to-child during pregnancy.


It has been reported by the Ministry of Health that there have been many hospitalizations this year in Barbados with suspicion and confirmed cases of dengue fever.

Thus, it is very important to ensure that we familiarize ourselves with the virus.


Common Signs/Symptoms of Dengue Fever

-Sudden, High Fever

-Headaches

-Eye Pain (typically felt behind the eyes)

-Aches in muscles, joints or bones

-Nausea/vomiting

-Rash (commonly appears on legs and feet first, then involves the chest and upper body)





Treatment

There is no specific treatment for dengue fever. As for all viral illnesses, you should seek medical care, rest as much as possible and drink lots of fluids.

Paracetamol can be used to break fever and reduce pain in joints and muscles. However,

NSAIDS (such as ibuprofen and cataflam) nor Aspirin should not be taken as they can increase the risk of bleeding.


How to prevent dengue fever?

The key to preventing dengue fever is to avoid mosquito bites.

Turn over or discard containers that can collect water around the house and use insect repellent as often as needed.


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