The dengue virus carried by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. As there are no commercially available vaccines that can prevent Dengue, the best way is to stop the carriers of this virus. The Aedes Aegypti mosquito breed in stagnant water that accumulates in tree holes, bamboo ends, various containers, discarded tyres and pools. Hence, it’s important to periodically drain accumulated water to reduce the likelihood of breeding mosquitoes.
Listed below are a few things that you can do to prevent dengue in your area.
- Change water in vases and bowls often.
- Turn over and empty all water storage containers regularly.
- Cover bamboo pole holders when not in use.
- Unclog roof gutters and put insecticide in roof gutters.
- Ensure that plastic sheets, canvas or tarpaulin used for weather protection in open areas are properly drained.
- Change water in birdbaths at least weekly.
- Get rid of old tires in your yard, as they collect standing water.
- Use insect repellent on your skin or use mosquito traps/nets.
- Wear light-coloured clothing, since mosquitoes are more attracted to darker colour.
- Wear long-sleeved clothes and long trousers when outdoors.
- Avoid going near shrubby areas where adult mosquitoes are known to rest during the day.
As there is no clear treatment for dengue nor is there a vaccine against it, so the best way is to prevent the disease from occurring at all. Dengue is a completely preventable if you take the right steps to keep yourself and your family safe.