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Dengue prevention starts at home

Published on Jun 13, 2014 4:09 PM

As we enter the hot and humid season, the rate of dengue virus transmission also increases. Refresh your memory on information about the disease and measures to prevent mosquito breeding.

About dengue fever

Dengue fever is one of the most common mosquito-borne viral diseases in the world. It is spread through the bite of the female Aedes mosquito, which uses the protein in blood to develop its eggs. The Aedes mosquito is identifiable from the black and white stripes on its body. It is a day-biter, and is most active during dawn and dusk.

There are four distinct but closely related stereotypes of the dengue virus: Dengue Virus Type 1 (DENV-1), DENV-2, DENV-3, and DENV-4. DENV-1, the strain of virus that caused the 2013 epidemic, remains dominant.

The Aedes mosquito is identified by the black and white stripes on its body. -- PHOTO: JEROME MING 
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