With dengue cases rising everyday, misconceptions and panic abound. With 1800 cases reported in the national capital so far, it is important to take measures to contain its spread, as well as steer clear of myths. Also, it is important to safeguard your kids against the disease. Here are few facts you must know about the mosquito-borne disease.
1) Dengue is caused by the bite of Aedes aegypti mosquito, a daytime biter. Being a viral infection, there is no vaccine for it. The only way to prevent it is to stop mosquito breeding and avoid mosquito bite.
2) Dengue viruses are of four types. Many kids with dengue don't show symptoms. Once kids have this illness, they become immune to the particular kind of virus, though they might get infected by other three viruses. "Once the dengue fever is diagnosed, give them plenty of liquids - ORS, fruit juices, Coconut water etc. Hospitalisation is not necessary unless it turns into something serious like dengue hemorrhagic fever," says Dr. Arun Fotedar, Paediatrics senior consultant, Metro Hospital.
3) Dengue is not contagious. Aedes mosquitoes are the carrier of the virus. When the mosquito bites the infected person, and becomes infected, it can spread the infection to the other person with its bite. The virus can't spread directly from one person to another person.
5) It is important to note that these mosquitoes are daytime biters so one needs to be careful especially during day. "It is safe to take your kids to park in the evening as the mosquitoes are day-time biters. Due measures should be taken during day. Be it daycare or school, there is a persistent risk of getting bitten by these killer mosquitoes," says Dr Prasanna S Bhatt, Paediatric consultant, Max hospital.
Dr Bhatt feels these dengue myths must be busted: 1) PAPAYA LEAVES INCREASE PLATELET COUNT: There is no scientific evidence to prove that Papaya leaves help increase platelet. People should not believe in things for which there is no scientific study done.