4 Dengue Myths And Facts Every Parent Should Know

September 13th, 2017

With the prevalence of dengue fever cases in recent years, the susceptibility of our children becoming victims of this tropical and potentially fatal disease is more real than ever. Taking the necessary steps to prevent the Aedes mosquito (responsible for spreading dengue) from breeding is important when it comes to safeguarding your children’s health and well-being, especially since there is currently no specific medicine or immunisation for dengue fever. The first step parents can take is to sort out fact from fiction regarding the disease. To help you paint a clearer picture, here are some good-to-know facts and commonly misconstrued information about dengue. Dengue only strikes in certain zones, namely the hot spot: MYTH While it is true that living in or within the vicinity of a dengue cluster naturally increases your risk of getting the disease, the small land area of our island means that the disease can easily spread from one corner to another. While avoiding zones where dengue is reported and rife is a good preventive measure, all it takes is one infected individual to transform an area into a dengue hot spot, so taking additional steps to protect your kid is necessary. Certain blood types attracts mosquitoes more than others: FACT It’s true – mosquitoes are aiming for you more so than your friends, and maybe your blood is ‘sweeter’ after all. Research shows that they find certain blood types more appetizing than others, with a particular preference for Type O blood, followed by B and then A. Other factors that play a role in making you more delicious (and prone to dengue) are carbon dioxide exhaled, lactic acid found in sweat, and body heat and scent. Mosquito repellent patches and wristbands gives us immunity: MYTH It is not uncommon for boxes of repellent patches to […]

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