Extracted from : TODAY – WEDNESDAY, 27 JUNE 2012
Eveline Gan reports:
Dengue, also known as breakbone fever, afflicts more than 50 million people worldwide each year, according to the World Health Organisation. In Singapore, peak dengue transmission occurs during the warmer months, usually between June and October when higher temperatures and rainfall make good breeding conditions for its carrier, the Aedes mosquito.
As of June 16, there have been a total of 1,719 dengue cases here this year. The virus, which is spread by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito, has four serotypes. Being infected with any one strain gives you life-long immunity against that particular serotype but not the other three, said Associate Professor Leo Yee Sin, head and senior consultant of the Infectious Disease Department at Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
Most infected people survive the uncomfortable flu-like symptoms (lethargy, headaches, body aches, fever and sometimes rash) without complications. However, repeat infections after the first can put a patient at a higher risk of developing the more dangerous, haemorrhagic version of dengue, experts said. Associate Prof Leo added that children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with chronic conditions such as diabetes also carry a higher risk of severe dengue.
How to protect yourself and your family members from being bitten?
You can spray Bio-X 3-in-1, a safe & non-toxic insecticide manufactured in Singapore! It is water-based and has a lemon fragrance. Approved by NEA!
**Are You A Mozzie Magnet?
It’s true. Some people make a delicious meal for mosquitoes than others. According to NEA spokesperson, certain factors may make you more “attractive” to mosquitoes. They include:
- Your genes. They account for 85% of your susceptibility to being bitten.
- Carbon dioxide (CO2) in exhaled breath. Mosquitoes detect this from up to 50m away. Larger-sized people and pregnant women emit more CO2, thus adults are preferred targets over children.
- Moisture in exhaled breath, lactic acid on skin surface, and body heat from circulating blood. This may explain why you are more prone to being bitten when you are sweaty.
- Dark coloured clothing, especially blue.
- Movement. Mosquitoes can detect their targets from within 10m by locating changes in the light waves around them.
Spray Bio-X Shield and be protected from nasty insect bites. Using plant extracts, safe to apply on children’s skins too.