A flyer fell out of a package of trash bags so I picked it up. I know that there is dengue fever in Panama, and that the authorities are working hard to prevent it and educate people on mosquito control. I have heard that they are even going house to house in some areas to check for standing water and to be sure people understand what they need to do.
What is dengue? A viral illness which can be serious or not. Transmitted by the mosquito Aedes aegypti.
Dengue can start with:
- pain en the muscles, bones, and joints
- headache and pain behind the eyes
- vomiting and diarrhea
- rough and/or red skin
Dengue with warning signs
- abdominal pain
- persistent vomiting
- difficulty breathing
- bleeding gums and/or feces
- drowsiness and/or irritability
If you have any of these symptoms, get help quickly at the nearest health facility. Do not self medicate.
Eliminate the hatcheries of the mosquito Aedes aegypti:
- Eliminate containers where water can accumulate like: bottles, cans, cups, bowls, plastics, saucers, vases, tires
- Empty, clean and brush the water tanks and drinks of pets daily
- Cover the water storage tanks (plastic or metal) so they are airtight. Before filling them with water, brush to remove possible eggs of mosquitoes.
- Clean the channels (canals?) periodically
- It is recommended to use nets, mesh in doors and windows
Beverage packaging, cartons, and cans.
Dishes of planters
For your Health: No breeding areas, Eliminate them to avoid the dengue
I seem to be on a dangerous bug thing this week. This is important though. I don’t believe there is much dengue in our area, but I know it is a concern in most tropical areas worldwide. I have also heard that if you get it a second time, it can be much more serious. It is even recommended that if an expat gets it, they return to the US or wherever they are from to avoid a second exposure. For me, I think this would be even worse than getting sick.
This is a Wikipedia photo of the aedes aegypti, the mosquito that can carry dengue (and also some other diseases). They are easy to spot because of the white bands on their legs. We see very few mosquitoes here, thankfully, but I have seen these occasionally.
May we all stay healthy!
We are headed to Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica for the weekend. I promise, no more bugs! Well, not unless I see something really interesting and pretty 😀