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Re: Dengue

Posted by David and Debbie on December 16, 2009, 11:43 am, in reply to "Dengue"

From what I have seen in the various studies on the internet, applying high-percentage (above 20%)DEET- based bug repellent and covering skin with light-colored clothing are two of the most effective measures of preventing the dengue mosquitos from biting.

However, the number one preventive appears to be maintaining screened enclosures in your home, or sleeping under a mosquito net.

Worldwide, it is estimated dengue cases could be at least cut in half if mosquito nets were available, especially in third world countries.

The vector for this virus is primarily human - infected humans are the main carriers and multipliers of the virus, serving as a source of the virus for uninfected mosquitoes.

Therefore, it is important once you are infected with dengue, to prevent other mosquito bites from occurring. Those mosquitos could then go on to infect other humans for the rest of their lifespan.

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