Health Protection Agency (HPA) has appealed the public to be cautious of the spread of dengue these days, which could endanger lives again.
In a press release on Thursday, HPA said people should take precautions against dengue and work to eradicate mosquito breeding grounds, as dengue cases increase around this time every year.
Steps that can be taken against dengue include:
• Emptying water once a week from places that collect water within the house.
• Avoiding throwing trash in ventilation areas and on the roads, throwing trash in designated bins and making sure the bins do not contain water and is tight lidded.
• Wearing completely covering clothes and using mosquito repellant sprays and lotions.
• Closing all doors to bar mosquitoes from entering houses during sunrise and sunset.
HPA said the symptoms of dengue include body pain with fever, headaches, eye pain, and small red pimple/rashes appearing on the body. Therefore, if one sustains a fever, it is best to drink increased amounts of fluids, take rest and refrain from taking any medication except Paracetamol without a prescription.
If the fever continues for more than three days, or if there is a decrease in urination, increased fatigue or bleeding from anyplace on the body, one should immediately consult a medical practitioner, HPA said.
“It is of utmost importance for all state organizations, institutions, councils, companies and individuals to participate in the work done to control mosquito breeding. And it is important to act according to the advice given in identifying and treating the disease, while being cautious of the mosquito that is responsible for the spread of dengue”, HPA’s said in the press release.