National Dengue Day 2019: Twitterati extends support to create awareness

Updated: Aug 06, 2019, 18:29 IST | mid-day online correspondent

Twitterati take it to social media to spread awareness and preventive measures about dengue on National Dengue Day, observed on May 16 annually in India

National Dengue Day 2019: Twitterati extends support to create awareness
Pic courtesy/Twitter/Vignesh Siva

National Dengue Day is observed on May 16 annually in India with the recommendation Government of India and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to create awareness about the disease and to intensify preventive measures and preparedness for the control in India before the onset of the transmission season. Dengue is prevalent throughout India.

Facts about dengue

  • Dengue is a viral disease caused by dengue virus (DENV, 1–4 serotypes)
  • Dengue is transmitted by the bite of Aedes aegypti mosquito infected with any one of the four dengue viruses.
  • An Aedes aegepti mosquito bites during daylight hours.
  • A person develops symptoms within 3-14 days after the infective bite.
  • Patients who are already infected with the dengue virus can transmit the infection via Aedes mosquitoes during 4-5 days of onset of symptoms.

Netizens on the social media platform, Twitter extended support to share posts and tweets regarding the disease to create awareness.

Precautions

  • Water from coolers and other small containers should be changed at least once a week.
  • Appropriate larvicides should be used to store water in containers that cannot be emptied.
  • Water storages containers should be kept covered with a lid.
  • During transmission season, it is advisable to wear clothes that cover arms and legs.
  • Mosquito nets or mosquito repellents can be used while sleeping during day time.
  • Personal protective measures such as window screens, insecticide-treated bednets, coils and vaporizers can be used to prevent mosquito bites
  • Dengue patient should be prevented from mosquito bites. This will prevent further spread of dengue to other persons.

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