10 Things you need to know about Dengue Fever!
10 Things you need to know about Dengue Fever
Only female Aedes aeqypti mosquitoes bite people and they are ‘day time biters’.
- They need a meal of blood to make their eggs.
- They prefer human blood—which is why they like to live with us in our homes and work places.
- They are ‘container breeders’ – they lay their eggs on the sides of containers that hold water. They don’t live or breed in swamps, puddles or creeks.
- The dengue virus is a human virus , not a mosquito virus.
- To get the dengue virus, the mosquito must first bite (take a meal of blood) from someone who is sick with dengue fever.
- 8-10 days later the mosquito can pass the dengue virus onto people (it is like a ‘needle’ for the virus).
- So, only the old female mosquitoes spread dengue (older than 10-12 days).
- There are four types of dengue fever. If you get infected with one type you become immune to that type for life.
- BUT if you get infected with another type you are at greater risk of developing Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever, which can be fatal.