Former MLA Lobo Holds Dengue Awareness Programme, Urges Party Workers to Spread Awareness Among People
Mangaluru: The former MLA of South Constituency J R Lobo organized a Dengue awareness programme at the District Congress office here on August 5.
Addressing the gathering J R Lobo said, “In Mangaluru the cases of Dengue have increased and the government has taken all the necessary measures to contain the spread of the disease holding various awareness programmes. We need to bring awareness among the people and the Congress party workers should work from the booth-level in this regard. The party workers should hold awareness drives in their respective areas, the should visit every house and brief the people about the disease and its prevention.”
Addressing the gathering retired supervisor District Health office, Jayaram said, “This is a very informative programme. People are confused about Dengue, this is a city-related issue which started before the month of April. We need to understand how people contact Dengue and the reasons how it is spread.”
Jayaram further said, “Dengue infections are caused by four closely related viruses named DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3, and DEN-4. These four viruses are called serotypes because each has different interactions with the antibodies in the human blood serum. There are three types of dengue fever they are mild, hemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome”.
Further speaking Jayaram said, “In mild dengue fever, symptoms can appear up to 7 days being bitten by the mosquito that carries the virus which includes aching muscles and joints. Rashes on the body which disappear and reappear. High fever, intense headache, pain behind the eyes, vomiting and feeling nauseous. The mild dengue rarely involves serious or fatal complications. In dengue hemorrhagic fever, at first symptoms of DHF may be mild but they gradually worsen within a few days. As well as mild dengue symptoms there may be signs of internal bleeding. A person with DHF may experience bleeding from the mouth, gums and nose, clammy skin, damage lymph and blood vessels, internal bleeding which can lead to black vomit and faces or stools, a lower number of platelets in the blood, sensitive stomach, small blood spots under the skin and weak pulse. The person who has DHF without prompt treatment can be fatal. DSS is a severe form of dengue and it can be fatal. Apart from symptoms of mild dengue fever the person may experience intense stomach pain, disorientation, sudden hypotension, or a fast drop in blood pressure, heavy bleeding, regular vomiting and blood vessels leaking fluid. DSS without treatment can result in death.”
The virus is transmitted from an infected mosquito to a human. A mosquito bites a person who is infected with the dengue virus, and the virus is passed on when the mosquito bites someone else. It is possible to have dengue fever more than once. A second infection carries a higher risk of developing a harsher form.
Where Do Dengue Mosquitoes Breed?
While your kid may be enjoying the blissful rainy days, you are spending your days constantly fretting about all the dangerous infections your kid can catch, especially when the ‘dengue’ alarm bells are set off. A mosquito-borne disease, dengue fever, is caused by the bite of the Aedes Mosquito. Identified by the black and white stripes on their bodies, the Aedes mosquito requires just one teaspoon of water to lay its eggs and for the larvae to fully develop into an adult mosquito. So, it can practically breed in any place where clean standing water is available.
The lifecycle of an Aedes mosquito
The female Aedes mosquitoes lay their eggs along the inner, wet walls of containers with water and the larvae hatch in about 2 to 7 days when the water inundates the eggs as a result of rains or through another source. In under 4 days, the larvae will feed on microorganisms and particulate organic matter and will metamorphose and change from a larva into a pupa. Pupae do not feed; they just change in form into the body of an adult, flying mosquito in about two days. Then, the newly formed adult emerges from the water after breaking the pupal skin. The entire life cycle of Aedes mosquito can be completed within one-and-a-half to three weeks.
Breeding sites of dengue mosquitoes
So, a fully-grown adult mosquito can develop in any nook and corner with stagnating water. According to a recent research study done to identify the preferred breeding sites for dengue mosquitoes in India, dengue mosquitoes choose to breed in tires, barrels, plastic drums and jerry cans. But they are various other indoor and outdoor breeding sites for the Aedes mosquitoes.
1. Plant plates in the balcony
2. AC trays
3. Mud pots
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Kitchen racks – that hold washed utensils
Clogged kitchen/bathroom drains
Leaks in bathroom/ cisterns
Uncovered buckets/water containers that are not regularly used
Ornamental flower vase/ showpieces with water
Bonsai plants/ indoor plants
How To Stay Protected
Practice source reduction and eliminate the unnecessary collection of water in all the sources mentioned above as well as containers lying around the house like plastic jars, bottles, tires, birdbaths and buckets in which Aedes aegypti can lay their eggs. Be sure to cover water storage containers with a fine mesh.
Dengue mosquitoes are active during the day, so be sure to use mosquito repellents like liquid vaporizers, coils or cards In the day time. For protection indoors, try Goodknight Activ+ to safeguard your family against the dengue virus.
Be sure to apply personal mosquito repellents whenever you step out. With just 4 dots of the Goodknight Fabric Roll-On on your clothes, stay protected outdoors for up to 8 hours.