Dengue / Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever
Frequently Asked Questions
Which doctor should be consulted for Dengue Fever?
a General Physician or even better an Infectious Disease
Where can outbreaks of dengue occur?
Outbreaks of dengue occur primarily in areas where Aedes aegypti mosquitoes live and thrive. This happens mostly in tropical urban areas of the world. Dengue viruses may be introduced into new areas by travelers who become infected while visiting areas of the tropics where dengue commonly exists.
What can be done to reduce the risk of acquiring dengue?
The best preventive measure for residents living in areas infested with Aedes aegypti is to eliminate the places where the mosquito lays her eggs. Artificial containers that hold water or water storage containers should be properly discarded or covered.
Buckets, pet and animal watering containers, flower vases are areas where the mosquito can lay eggs and larvae and these should be either covered or treated with medications such as pesticide sprays to reduce the number of mosquitoes present in the area.
Is there a Vaccine against Dengue?
There is no vaccine for preventing dengue.
If I am traveling to Dengue infested areas what precautions do I need to take?
Use Mosquito nets when sleeping
Use mosquito repellant creams when outdoors.
Air conditioning or windows and doors that are screened are useful
to have in the hotel or room where you stay.