Top 5 Tips to Break the Dengue Transmission
As the monsoon season begins, brace yourself for the peak period of Dengue transmission. With the rainy season creating more breeding sites for mosquitoes, a higher risk of acquiring Dengue is a health concern that you need to face in the months to come.
Slowing down or putting an end to the Dengue transmission cycle is not just about protecting healthy individuals from catching the virus. Even those who are already infected by and those suspected to have the Dengue virus need protection against mosquito bites. When bitten by an uninfected mosquito, infected persons can also transmit the Dengue virus to the mosquito. Consequently, the infected mosquito will transmit the virus to human hosts, continuing the Dengue transmission cycle.
Your best protection against this mosquito-borne disease is prevention. Breaking this continuous Dengue cycle will only be possible through a community effort of controlling the mosquito vectors and interrupting the human–vector contact. Here are some control measures that you can practice at home to help break the Dengue transmission chain:
1. Wear clothes that will protect your skin from mosquito bites
During the Dengue peak season, long clothing should be your fashion trend. It’s time to bring out those turtlenecks, long-sleeved tops, and pants. The goal is to minimize skin exposure to lessen your chance of having mosquito bites.
2. Use insecticides
As most people are staying at home during the Circuit Breaker, the risk of disease transmission is higher within housing estates, especially in Dengue clusters and areas where there is a high population of the Aedes mosquito. Aside from keeping your house clean, you can get rid of adult mosquitoes in the environment by spraying insecticide in dark areas of your home like under the couch or bed, in toilets, and behind the curtains.
3. Do the mozzie wipeout regularly
According to the World Health Organization, transmission control activities should target Aedes aegypti mosquitos in both its immature (egg, larva, and pupa) and adult stages in the household and immediate vicinities. Thus, it is important to destroy the mosquito breeding grounds by getting rid of stagnant water around you.
To help keep your home free of the Aedes mosquito and its breeding site, you can practice the routine developed by the National Environment Agency (NEA). In just 10 minutes, you can accomplish the Mozzie Wipe-out in five easy steps:
4. Use air conditioning or protective screens
Since mosquitoes thrive in a warm and humid environment, turn that air conditioner on to deter the pesky insects. If air conditioning is not available, make sure to put home fixtures like door and window screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home. Sleeping inside a mosquito net will also help.
5. Apply mosquito repellent indoor, especially in dengue cluster areas
Even as you stay indoors, NEA recommends the daily application of mosquito repellent on your skin or clothes. Mosquitoes may breed even in your own home, especially if you live in a dengue cluster. Likewise, NEA recommends that even people who are suspected of having Dengue or those already infected with the Dengue virus should apply mosquito repellent regularly.
Choose a mosquito repellent with ingredients that are most effective in terms of repelling mosquitoes. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, repellents with DEET (chemical name N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) offer the best protection against mosquito bites.
One product approved by NEA as a general use insect repellent is Ceramoz® Mosquito Repellent Cream. Ceramoz is uniquely formulated with DEET, which is scientifically proven to repel mosquitoes up to 66% longer than citronella repellent. Ceramoz is safe to be used daily since it contains ceramide-dominant 3:1:1 lipid ratio formulation, which is essential in moisturizing the skin and maintaining the skin barrier function. This hypoallergenic mosquito repellent is also safe for babies 2 months onwards and pregnant women as it contains only 10% DEET and is free of paraben, fragrance, and colourants.
Even as you remain in the safety of your home, remember to practice the simple measures that will help eradicate mosquito breeding sites and stop human-mosquito contact. Protect yourself and your loved ones by breaking the Dengue transmission chain.