The arrival of the famous Amazon winter shines a yellow light for dengue prevention and awareness. The care, which must be maintained throughout the year, is intensified mainly during this period when the rainfall increases in the area, making the home environment a good place for the spread of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito that transmits the dengue virus.
According to data from the 9th Epidemiological Report on Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika, issued by SESPA, from January 1 to October 30, 2021, 2,493 cases of dengue were confirmed in Para, which is an increase of 36.67% compared to the same period in 2020. Where 1,824 cases of the disease have been confirmed.
These data raise an alert for the precautions that must be adopted to prevent mosquitoes from reproducing, because for this to happen very little standing water is needed, explains Hapvida infectious disease specialist Anna Raquel Sene. “The mosquito needs standing water to reproduce, and it lays its eggs on the walls of breeding sites such as water tanks, plant pots, clogged gutters, bottles, outdoor litter, air conditioning trays, elevator shafts, etc. He confirms that the eggs are also able to survive On these surfaces for up to one year on average, it can remain active once it finds moisture.”
To prevent this spread, places that could be suitable for mosquitoes should always be sterilized. “It is important to clean homes frequently, and not leave standing water in tires, plant pots, bottles, water tanks, or other containers that could allow mosquitoes to breed. Keep litter boxes well covered, and drains clean with a mesh app,” says an infectious disease specialist. Using a stretchy fabric to cover building materials is another precaution to avoid water buildup.
According to the specialist, “Usually the first manifestation of dengue fever is a rise in temperature (39 ° to 40 ° C), with a sudden onset, which usually lasts from 2 to 7 days, accompanied by headache, pain in the body and joints., In addition to prostration and weakness. And pain behind the eyes, rashes, itching of the skin. In some cases, they also have red spots on the skin. The acute form of the disease includes severe and persistent pain in the abdomen, persistent vomiting and bleeding from the mucous membranes (gums and nose)”. She also says that dengue can be asymptomatic in about 15% of cases, so it’s important to pay attention to the signs the body is showing.
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