Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Public Service Announcement 1

 Battling Aedes
Dengue is a constant battle in a tropical country like Malaysia, where rain falls all year round. A lot of rain basically means a whole lot of water will be collected in nooks and crannies. It is imperative that all of us play a role in making sure that there are no pots, pans, plastic bag, anything that can hold water really, just lying around outside in this wet time of year. These places if left without any attention will eventually be the vehicle where the Aedes mosquitoes breed.
   Well, we know it’s not easy to go round and organize a neighborhood cleanup session, but the power to prevent is still in your hands. You can still play a part in preventing the Aedes mosquitoes from breeding by cleaning up the compound of your house at least once a week and making sure that there are no containers that are collecting water. Don’t get fooled, as the early symptoms of dengue feels like the common cold. But the sad truth is that many of those infected do not survive as they delay the time in which they should have seen a doctor.

Clinical symptoms of dengue during febrile phase:
• acute febrile (2-7 days)
• generalised body ache
• joints ache
• headache
• rashes
• retro-orbital pain
• sore throat, injected pharynx
• nausea, vomiting

While the warning signs:
• Abdominal pain
• persistent vomiting
• mucosal bleed
• lethargic, restlessness

If you have any one of these symptoms, do rush over to the doctor’s immediately as it is important to get a proper diagnosis and medication as that will help save your life.

The prevention of Dengue fever is all in our hands. If we take the extra time to clean up our work and home area, there will definitely be a dramatic decrease in the number of Dengue cases and death. Let’s all band together to rid our comfort zones of the Aedes mosquitoes!

Not sure if this is Aedes aegyptii .

Source: Nuffnang

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