Sunday, October 18, 2015

Dengue Awareness Camp

 “Dengue is now one of the most important tropical diseases. While it doesn't kill that many people, it has tremendous economic and social impact.” The Dengue awareness campaign was organized and executed by the Pragati cell.

On 18/10/2015, they put posters in the village of Paniyala so as to make the villagers aware about the signs and symptoms of dengue as well as the precautions against it. The event started by assembling at the local school and planning a strategy and subsequent division into groups. The aim was to make the villagers know what is dengue, how it spreads, its treatment and facilities  to that purpose. Dengue fever is a painful, debilitating, mosquito ­borne disease . Dengue goes by other names, including "breakbone fever" or "dandy fever." Victims of dengue often have contortions due to the intense joint, muscle, and bone pain, hence the name breakbone fever. Symptoms include severe joint and muscle pain, swollen nodes, headache, fever, exhaustion, and rash. The presence of fever, rash, and headache (the "dengue triad") is characteristic of dengue fever.

Dengue fever is a disease caused by a family of viruses that are transmitted by mosquitoes. Other signs of dengue fever include bleeding gums, severe pain behind the eyes, and red palms and soles. Aedes aegypti species of mosquitoes is particularly involved, as it prefers to lay its eggs in artificial water containers, to live in close proximity to humans, and to feed on people rather than other vertebrates. As there is no commercially available vaccine, prevention is sought by reducing the habitat and the number of mosquitoes and limiting exposure to bites. Dengue does not spread from person to person i.e. not contagious. Maintaining proper fluid balance is important. Paracetamol is used for fever and discomfort while NSAIDs such as ibuprofen and aspirin are avoided as they might aggravate the risk of bleeding.

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