Dengue fever in the United States

Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever
Mosquito dangers in Florida, Texas, Hawaii and Puerto Rico

Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever is a virus on the move that has
no vaccine and no cure!
Spread among humans by Aedes
mosquitoes, the virus has seen recent outbreaks in the United
States in Florida, Texas, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. The disease
hits its climax every year after the monsoon season, which runs
from June to September.

Dengue is a threat to around half of the world's population.
While outbreaks are most common in Asia and Latin America,
Dengue Hemorrhagic fever is making it's way through states
bordering Mexico and Baja California, namely Texas, New
Mexico, Arizona and California. Hawaii now also makes the list.

  • 2000 cases of Dengue in India: Recent outbreaks of
    Dengue in India have pandemic experts concerned. It's not
    an epidemic, but people are panicking. The main problem:
    hospitals are turning away patients! There are not enough
    beds or staff to handle the influx.

  • Philippines cases on the rise. The Dengue outbreak in the
    Philippines affected nine towns in September 2015. It has
    been the worst outbreak since 2010. (Outbreaks are
    declared only when cases go beyond the epidemic

Why are the Dengue-infected mosquitoes heading to new
territories? In short, they are adapting to change!

What you need to know about Dengue...

  • This deadly mosquito bites during the day! Most
    mosquitoes bite during the evening, but the Aedes
    mosquito prefers an afternoon blood meal.

  • Just one Dengue Mosquito is a community problem: One
    Aedes mosquito can lay 300 eggs in it's two to three week
    lifetime. A mosquito needs only a tiny space of water to
    breed and it takes about a week for larvae to mature into
    an adult mosquito. Only females make a blood meal. Each
    time the mosquito feeds it spreads the Dengue virus.

  • Just one infected person is a problem. Travelers are
    often unaware they are spreading the problem. Since the
    incubation period is so long, a person has time to travel
    feeling healthy and unaware they have the potential of
    spreading the disease.

  • Incubation for Dengue fever is 14 days: After the
    incubation period, the virus replicates locally and quickly
    spreads in the blood stream and takes about a week to run
    its course. This potentially fatal and often painful and
    debilitating disease lasts 14-20 days.

  • There is no cure for this fever, which has other
    symptoms. Do not use aspirin and Ibuprofen or Naproxen
    as these medicines can worsen bleeding, which is a
    symptom. Read below for treatment options. There are no
    vaccines, though Sanofi, Merck and Takeda Pharmaceutical
    are working on them. Treatments may include intravenous
    hydration, and blood transfusions.

  • Dengue and Chikungunya is in our backyard: This
    climate-sensitive illness has come to North America:

More Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever Facts:

  • Mosquitoes are at the root of the Dengue problem.
    When an infected mosquito bites it releases saliva laden
    with the virus. Once in the body, the virus affects
    immunity, attacking cells in the skin tissue and enters the
    lymphatic system.

  • Global warming has increase our problem. Global
    warming is increasing the prevalence of Dengue Fever
    because heat, precipitation and humidity create tropical
    conditions in which mosquitoes thrive!

  • Dengue Mosquitoes found in 28 states (and the District
    of Columbia)! There are many types of mosquitoes (who
    knew?) and the two varieties capable of spreading the
    disease have been found in 28 states.

  • Half of the population is impacted by Dengue. There are
    50-100 million infections annually around the globe!

  • Children are most at risk. For children dengue fever is
    most severe and requires intensive hospital care and
    requires intravenous hydration, rest and monitoring of
    white blood cells and platelets.

With Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever in the United States, it's time
to prepare! Here's how to deal with the problem of Dengue...

Dealing with Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever
Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever is a mosquito-borne disease worthy
of preparation.

Get to know Dengue

  • Know the symptoms: Beyond not feeling perky, a person
    with Dengue fever will experience a combination of
    symptoms similar to West Nile Virus or chikungunya:
  • high fever (sudden and severe 105 Fahrenheit)
  • extreme fatigue
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • body aches and chills
  • a skin rash (small, flat red spots)
  • severe joint and muscle pain
  • a headache (and a pain behind the eyes)
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea and vomiting
  • nose bleeds, bleeding gums, blood in urine and
  • impaired judgement
  • Other conditions may include: enlarged liver, low
    heart rate, dangerously low blood pressure, fluid
    accumulation, low levels of blood platelets, and blood
    plasma leakage, and more).

  • Beware of Dengue shock syndrome: Dengue shock
    syndrome sets in after 3-7 days of the initial symptoms.
    This stage of the disease escalates the disease to massive
    bleeding and bruising, shock and death. Pay particular
    attention of these added symptoms:
  • severe abdominal pain and vomiting
  • black and tarry stool
  • breathing difficulties or even rapid breathing
  • clammy skin with decreased temperature below 100
  • palms of feet become swollen

    WARNING: It's possible that a too early diagnosis can
    result in a false reading (and then you may think you have
    an ordinary flu); however, conversely going too late could
    prove lethal.

Prevention Dengue
How do you keep the Aedes Eegypti mosquito from getting a
blood meal of you? ere are some preparations you can make for
preventing Dengue Fever and relief for dealing with the problem
if you get it.

  • Beware of daytime bites. Know that mosquitoes
    spreading Dengue (the Aedes Eegypti mosquito) prefer to
    bite during the day!

  • Use air conditioning.  Mosquitoes love two things, heat
    and carbon dioxide. Mosquitoes don't like the cold, so you
    can use air conditioning to keep them away. (You exhale
    carbon dioxide, so there's not much you can do about that.)

  • Keep window screens shut. Check window screens to
    ensure they are free from holes or means for mosquitoes
    to enter your home.

  • Wear insect repellents.

  • DEET: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends
    only DEET. Repel Insect Repellent contains 98.11-Percent
    DEET is the most concentrated formula available.
  • Consider wearing insect repellent even inside.
  • Spray insect repellent in closets where mosquitoes
    love to hide.

  • Hunt mosquitoes where they breed: in standing water!
    Keep mosquitoes at bay by destroying their breeding
  • Leave not bird bath, a potted plant or a pet dish
    outside with standing water more than a week.
    Change the water!
  • Clean swamp coolers and plant bases weekly.
  • Dump old tires instead of keeping them on your
    property to collect water.
  • Keep water tanks covered.
  • Clean rain gutters from debris. (This is an often
    overlooked problem!)
  • Minimize use of plastic sheeting and tarps, which can
    leave small standing pools of water.

    Empty pools and fish ponds are also notorious mosquito
    dwelling places.

  • Wear insect repelling clothing. To make it harder for
    mosquitoes to bite, wear long sleeves and pants outdoors,
    along with insect repellents.

  • Cloth yourself on long sleeved shirts and jackets.
  • Wear baggy pants and loose fitting clothing.
  • Be sure to tuck pant legs into your boots.

    While you can smother yourself in chemical laden insects
    repellents, it's good to know that insect shield clothing
    and natural, non-toxic options area available, such as
    Zorrel Insect Shield apparel, pictured immediate left.

  • Zorrel Insect Shield apparel is treated with insect
    shield repellent technology. It's the first-ever, EPA-
    registered insect-repellent clothing. The
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted
    Insect Shield extended durability claims for its apparel
    registration, through 70 washings. The EPA recognizes
    the proprietary formulation of the insect repellent
    permethrin, resulting in effective, odorless insect
    protection that lasts the expected lifetime of a
    garment. Permethrin is a man-made version of a
    natural insect repellent found in certain
    chrysanthemum plants.

  • Consider using Essential oils. Mosquitoes can smell the
    human scent from up to 100 feet away. Mask that scent
    with citronella, which mosquitoes don't like.

  • Citronella candles can provide a degree of protection.

  • Sleep under well screened conditions. An old fashioned
    mosquito net can certainly help you prevent the disease by
    avoiding a dengue plagued mosquito.

  • Keep away from heavily populated residential areas. All
    it takes is one infected mosquito bite to spread to other

  • Rely on natural mosquito eaters.
  • Birds and dragonflies munch on mosquito and larvae
    so welcome them in your garden.
  • Gambusia Affinis also known as the Mosquitofish are
    effective for your
  • Frogs, toads and tadpoles are effective in a pond.

Get Relief:
While there is no cure for Dengue, treatments are available and
you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Occasionally, a patient will be released without Dengue
showing up in blood tests.

This is because Dengue has a long incubation period. If you've
been released from medical care, or medical care is not an
option, the following can provide comfort from the disease,
which has no cure.

  • Hydration: RecoverORS is an oral rehydration powder
    specifically designed for the adult body. RecoverORS is
    made by pharmacists and in accordance with World Health
    Organization (WHO) guidelines and specification and is
    based firmly in clinical trials. It has no artificial colors or
    flavorings; no preservatives. RecoverORS is for the clinical
    treatment of dehydration due to events such as diarrhea,
    vomiting, fever, excessive sweating due to strenuous
    activity, raveling and more.

  • Cold compress, lukewarm baths. Cold compresses and
    lukewarm baths are a welcome relief for fever. Dynarex
    Instant Cold Packs makes a nice addition to your first aid
    kit. If you find yourself without refrigeration,

  • Use only pain relievers with acetaminophen, such as
    Tylenol. This means absolutely you should avoid aspirin,
    ibuprofen or naproxen which could worsen the conditions
    including bleeding.

  • Calamine lotion. Caladryl is an external analgesic and can
    help with allergic reaction on skin from mosquito bites.

  • Antihistimine, such as Zyrtec (cetirizine) which reduces the
    effects of natural chemical histamine in the body.

  • Papaya Leaf Juice. Help keep your platelet count strong
    with Papaya Leaf liquid extract as a dietary supplement.

Dengue - the neglected tropical disease
Dengue fever is the "neglected tropical disease" according to
the World Health Organization and it's headed your way. Do not
neglect the important steps to help prevent the spread of
Dengue in your area. It doesn't mean you need to suit up in full
mosquito gear, but that certainly is one way to completely
avoid the problem.

Instead, do something about the problem of Dengue and
  • Inform neighbors and family about the problems of
    standing water.
  • Stay away from densely populated neighborhoods where
    there are known cases.
  • Gather the necessary gear to keep Aedes mosquitoes at
    bay and enhance your home with mosquito prevention
  • Finally, know the signs of Dengue fever and take swift
    action to begin your own treatment in case the hospitals
    are overwhelmed.

Complications associated with Dengue:

  • Warning: Avoid taking blood thinners, such as Warfarin,
    as they can worsen the condition.

  • Warning: Do NOT take aspirin or other NSAID drugs,
    because Dengue carries a hemorrhage risk if these drugs
    are taken.

Happy endings...
The good and happy news is that if you're preparing for Dengue
Hemorrhagic Fever, you're also doing the work of preparing for
West Nile Virus -- another vector-borne disease. Quelling the
problem of mosquitoes is just something every prepper should
do, not just preppers in Florida, Texas, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.
Also, according to the World Health Organization, Dengue
seldom causes death. Of the 2000 reported cases in India in
September 2015, only 11 people have died.

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