The Rainy Season appears to be here. Late but here nonetheless. The Rainy Season is traditionally from June 15th to October 15th.
Although this is good news and the temperature has dropped 10 degrees which is most welcome and soon everything will look and smell wonderful, the rains do increase the risk of Dengue Fever.
Last year there were 240 confirmed cases in Ajijic, Lake Chapala. These statistics were confirmed by the health authorities in the municipality of Chapala and high incidences were also detected in other Lakeside communities.
I thought I would take a moment to help you with some tips of how to avoid Dengue and what the symptoms are.
The Chapala government and local branch of Jalisco’s Health Ministry are expected to launch a community Dengue Fever prevention campaign within the next few weeks.
The program will involve getting rid of household junk and open containers that collect stagnant water where the mosquitoes reproduce, as well as neighborhood fumigation patrols to eradicate the insects.
Dengue is caused by any one of 4 different but related types of virus. It is transmitted from sick persons to healthy individuals by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The genus is distinguished from other kinds of mosquitoes by white stripes on its legs and a distinctive lyre-shaped marking on the thorax.
Symptoms of Dengue commonly begin with an onset of a high fever occurring 5 to 7 days after infection. The disease is sometimes referred to as ” breakbone fever” because it causes intense joint and muscle aches along with extreme fatigue. Other symptoms include swollen lymph nodes, headache (especially severe pain behind the eyes). a red rash on the body, increased skin sensitivity, nausea and vomiting; Blood testing is required to confirm diagnosis.
There is no specific treatment for the illness which normally lasts for a week or more, provided there are no complications. Patients require bed rest and sufficient intake of fluids to prevent dehydration Aspirin is usually prescribed to relieve fever and discomfort.
A more severe form of the disease can strike those who have had the disease before so see your doctor asap.
Personal protection measures to reduce the risk of infection include the use of bug repellents, insecticides, appropriate clothing, window screens and bedroom netting to limit exposure to insect bites.
There is a private vaccine that works against 4 types of Dengue which was introduced last September in Mexico under the commercial name Dengvaxia. The recommended prophylactic strategy is 2 doses every 6 months over a full year and is available at a cost of approx. $1,500.00 per dose. Ask your doctor if you are interested in going this route.