How To Manage Dengue During The Dry Season

Photo: James Gathany / CDC

The DENV virus, or Dengue, is a mosquito-borne viral infection that is transmitted mainly by the female Aedes aegypti mosquito and, to a lesser extent, the Aedes albopictus.

The dengue virus is found in tropical and sub-tropical climates worldwide and it has grown dramatically within recent decades. In fact, approximately half of the world’s population is now at risk, with Dengue affecting 100 to 400 million people per year.​ The Dengue virus is endemic to Trinidad and Tobago, and while it is known that the Dengue season coincides with the country’s rainy season, the risk of infection still exists during the dry season.

With increased cases of the novel coronavirus, it is easy to mistake the aforementioned with Dengue as they present similar symptoms.

A comparison between the DENV virus (Dengue) and the Coronavirus.

DENGUE 

COVID-19

Symptoms – High fever, headaches, pain behind the eyes, fatigue, skin rash, vomiting, haemorrhages 

Fever/ chills, shortness of breath, loss of taste and smell, headaches, coughing, vomiting, diarrhoea

Spread via bites of infected mosquitoes

Spread mainly through respiratory droplets 

Symptoms last between 2-7 days

Symptoms present within 2-14 days and can last for weeks

Detection – Polymerase Chain Reaction-PCR test

Detection – Polymerase Chain Reaction-PCR test

HOW TO MANAGE DENGUE DURING THE DRY SEASON

  • Maintain your landscape. Tall grass, overgrown bush and weeds provide a welcoming habitat for mosquitos that seek refuge in the cool vegetation. Trim and cut these bushes and weeds routinely.
  • Eliminate potential water reservoirs. Declutter your yard space and remove objects and storage containers that can potentially hold water.
  • Use larvicide or chlorine granules into suspected water. Areas where water usually collects and cannot necessarily be moved, like guttering or pools, can be treated with these products to kill mosquitos at the larvae stage.
  • Call the professionals. Some landscapes have unique conditions that cultivate large mosquito populations and require more advanced solutions. Pest control firms can offer these solutions such as Rentokil Pest Control and the Insect Vector Control Division of the Ministry of Health.

 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUSPECT THAT YOU HAVE DENGUE…

  1. Seek immediate medical attention.
  2. DO NOT take Aspirin.
  3. If a pain reliever is needed, take Paracetamol, Tylenol or Panadol.
  4. Rest and drink plenty of fluids.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES

  • FIRE – 990
  • POLICE – 999
  • AMBULANCE SERVICE – 811
  • ODPM OFFICE – 640-1285
Previous Post
How To Manage Wildfire Outbreaks During The Dry Season
Next Post
Working In Male-Dominated Environments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill out this field
Fill out this field
Please enter a valid email address.
You need to agree with the terms to proceed

Menu