Vector Borne Diseases
- Hemorrhagic fevers
- Yellow fever
- Lyme disease
- Food borne infections
Dengue fever is a viral infection spread by the bite of a female Aedes mosquito. This type of mosquito tends to bite in the day time more than the night time. Dengue fever causes high fever and head and body aches. In some people it can progress to hemorrhagic fever, where the symptoms can worsen and there can be bleeding and a drop in blood pressure.
Dengue fever can be prevented by avoiding mosquito bites (see malaria prevention). There is no vaccine yet to prevent dengue fever. There is no medication to prevent dengue fever.
Infection with dengue fever can be serious. If you have symptoms of dengue fever you need to see a doctor to diagnose the cause of the fever correctly. Some cases of dengue fever need to be treated in the hospital.
Malaria is a common infection in Southeast Asia caused by the bite of a female Anopheline mosquito. This kind of mosquito tends to bite more frequently from dusk to dawn (from sun down to sun up). The parasite infects and damages the red blood cells and can cause severe illness and death. Infection causes high fever, chills and body aches.
Prevent mosquito bites by wearing pants and long sleeves if out in the evening. Prevent insect bites by using insect repellent containing DEET. Use a bed net if not in a screened room to prevent bites.
Malaria prevention tablets can be taken, based on the destination and the length of time exposed, to reduce the chances of getting malaria. Consult with a doctor to choose what is best for you. No medication gives 100% protection.
Smoky fires or mosquito coils can decrease bites if out doors.
Malaria must be treated by a doctor with the knowledge of how to treat malaria correctly. Early, correct treatment is the most significant factor influencing outcome and complications with malaria.
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