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Preventing Mosquito-Borne Infections

Written by
Dr. Sirisha
and medically reviewed by Dr. Preetha J

Published on Sep 29, 2014 and last reviewed on Jan 09, 2022   -  2 min read


Mosquito-borne infections are on the rise now. One should know how to prevent it and understand the symptoms. This article helps you in this and also with ideas to manage mosquito-borne infections.

Preventing Mosquito-Borne Infections

The rains bring along many different mosquitoes. The most effective way to avoid dengue and other mosquito-borne infections is to prevent mosquito bites. One should be aware of the premonitory symptoms and when to consult a doctor, if in doubt.

Prevention of Infection:

1) Protect Yourself:

2) Protect Your Surroundings:

Consult a doctor, if you have any of these symptoms:

  1. Fever.
  2. Headache.
  3. Pain behind the eyes.
  4. Body pain.
  5. Nausea and vomiting.
  6. Rashes all over the body.
  7. Bleeding from nose or gums or stools or any other site.

The warning signs of dengue develop even when fever gets reduced. Go to an Emergency Room Immediately if you are/have:

  1. Dull or drowsy or not responding normally.
  2. Severe abdominal pain.
  3. Persistent vomiting.
  4. Small red rash on the skin (bleeding under the skin).
  5. Bleeding from the nose or gums.
  6. Blood in stools.
  7. Cold palms and soles.
  8. Breathing difficulty.


There is no medicine yet to treat dengue. Only the symptoms are treated.

1) In mild cases - prefer home treatment which involves three steps,

2) In severe infection - hospitalization is required.

In Case you are Diagnosed with Dengue/Mosquito-Borne Infection:

Mosquitoes become infected when they bite you and could pass the virus to other family members. So, protect yourself from mosquito bites and follow all precautions described above. Due to repeated infected mosquito bites, mild dengue can become severe at times.

A pregnant woman with infection may infect her unborn or newborn baby at birth. The effects of dengue virus infection on babies include death or low birth weight or premature birth. The first two weeks of life are crucial for the newborn baby, as symptoms might develop anytime during this period. Babies below 1 year of life are at increased risk of any infection and severity of the disease will be more as immunity is less. Use extra protection, fully covered clothing, mosquito nets for cribs, strollers, etc.

Prevention is Better Than Cure!!!

Ask a doctor online if you have specific questions regarding mosquito bites. ----->


Last reviewed at:
09 Jan 2022  -  2 min read




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