Truth About Dengue
➤ The mosquito only transfers the virus from a sick person to a healthy one.
➤ In order to eliminate dengue from the country we need to eliminate the virus and not the mosquito.
➤ We have always had mosquitoes in the country, but not dengue virus.
➤ We can eliminate dengue without eliminating mosquitoes.
➤ We have eliminated malaria without eliminating anopheles mosquitoes.
➤ We have eliminated filariasis without eliminating culex mosquitoes.
➤ The dengue virus can live only in a human or mosquito.
➤ It cannot live outside a human or mosquito.
➤ Then virus increases in large numbers only when living in a human body.
➤ It lives in a human for only about a week.
➤ After that, it needs to find another human or die.
➤ The mosquito only helps the virus to find another human.
➤ If we prevent the last step i.e. transfer of the virus from one human to another human, the virus will die out.
➤ If by some magic we stopped ALL mosquito bites, dengue will disappear in one week.
➤ We cannot easily stop mosquitoes biting everybody because there are so many humans.
➤ But we can stop mosquitoes biting sick people because they are so much fewer in number.
➤ We need not even stop mosquitoes biting ALL sick people.
➤ If we stop mosquitoes biting half the sick people, dengue will disappear in 4 months.
➤ The more sick people we manage to protect from mosquito bites, the quicker the disease will disappear.
Note: Use mosquito nets, mosquito repellents and wear long clothing & socks to fully cover hands and feet, and take every possible precaution against mosquito bites. Dengue mosquitoes are very well adapted to human habitation and are most active during daylight, for approximately two hours after sunrise (6.00 to 8.00 a.m.) and several hours before sunset (4.00 to 6.30 p.m.).