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National Dengue Day 2019: Here are 6 Facts and Myths about Dengue

Other Diseases By Arti Chaudhary , Onlymyhealth editorial team / May 15, 2019
National Dengue Day 2019: Here are 6 Facts and Myths about Dengue

People often talk about dengue and how it is caused. But do you know these facts and myths about dengue?

Dengue virus is spread by Aedes mosquito. Female Aedes mosquitoes are the one those who suck blood from humans. When biting a person, an infected mosquito releases saliva containing the dengue virus. Once the virus has entered the human body, it infects the immune cells present in the skin tissue. After that one will start experiencing symptoms like severe headache, pain behind the eyes, joints and muscles, and rashes on your skin. Some might also experience nausea, vomiting and bleeding gums. 

Here are the 6 facts and myths you must know about dengue on this National Dengue Day

Myths

You cannot get dengue twice

You might have heard from many people saying that once a person has suffered from dengue fever before, then there are no chances of him/her of getting infected again. So the fact states that, patients can get dengue more than once in their lifetime. Dengue is spread by dengue virus which is of four types. Hence, if you are infected once does not mean that you are unable to contract the virus again.

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Dengue is spread through physical contact

Studies say that, dengue is transmitted by Aedes aegypti mosquito which is infected with dengue virus. These mosquitoes spread the virus through biting an infected person. So the myth that an infected person can transmit the virus through physical contact is completely wrong. Therefore, dengue cannot be spread directly from one person to another person. 

Having bananas at night can increase chances of mosquito biting

You might have heard that consuming bananas at night time increases the chances of mosquito bites. Well various studies states that, fruits, including bananas have actually been proven not to affect mosquito bites that much.

Facts

There are 2 types of dengue fever

Dengue fever (DF) and dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF) are two different types of dengue fever. Symptoms of DF are sudden high fever, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, body aches, joint pains and nausea or even vomiting. 

The symptoms of DHF are bleeding and occasional shock that leads to death, these symptoms majorly affects children. 

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Mosquitoes are highly attracted towards carbon dioxide and body heat

Studies states that, carbon dioxide and body heat are the major draws for mosquitoes, your sweat and other skin secretions can attract more bites than the others. Men over women, adults over children and larger people over smaller ones are the main preferences of mosquitoes. 

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes bite people more during daytime

It is highly advised that you should be extra cautious if you are going outdoor during early morning or evening because these periods are the peak feeding time for these mosquitoes.  

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Written by
Arti Chaudhary
Source: Onlymyhealth editorial teamMay 15, 2019

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