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DENGUE: VIRUS PROTECTION AND DISEASE SYMPTOMS

Dengue is a deadly virus that is caused by the bite of a mosquito infected with any one of four dengue virus serotypes. Every year, the disease affects up to 390 million[1] people around the world.

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The World Health Organization estimates that approximately half of the world’s population is now at risk of dengue.1 Understanding the disease and how it’s transmitted can give you the confidence you need to help protect yourself—and your loved ones.

HOW TO PREVENT DENGUE

Without an adequate vaccine to prevent infection, the most effective protective measure against the dengue virus (also known as dandy fever or breakbone fever) is to avoid mosquitobites, which means disrupting their breeding cycle near the home. You can take charge and help protect your family’s health by following the tips below.

SECURE YOUR HOME

Getting rid of standing water in and around the home is key to reducing egg-laying opportunities for mosquitoes.

THINGS TO DO
  • Dispose of or drill holes in old tires that can hold rainwater

  • Cover water tanks and water storage containers

  • Change the water in flower vases weekly

  • Empty plant pot saucers a few times a week

  • Discard used bottles and cans

  • Store children's toys inside the house

  • Empty your children’s pool when not in use and replace the pool water regularly

  • Clean the water gutter and remove any debris

  • Make sure your pet's water bowl is always clean and replace the drinking water at least twice a week

  • Put mosquito screens on all the windows and doors of your home

COVER UP WITH CLOTHING

Wearing long sleeves, long pants, and close-toed shoes with socks, especially when outdoors, can help reduce mosquito bites. Also consider wearing clothing treated with permethrin, an insecticide designed to kill or repel mosquitoes.2

OUR COMMITMENT TO FIGHTING DENGUE

For over 60 years, researchers at the SC Johnson® Institute of Insect Science for Family Health have been dedicated to insect science research to better understand and manage insects that may carry diseases such as dengue, malaria, West Nile virus, and Zika.

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WHERE DO DENGUE OUTBREAKS OCCUR?
A global map representing an estimate of where Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes are commonly found. It is not meant to represent the risk for spread of disease.

This map represents an estimate of where Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes are commonly found. It is not meant to represent the risk for spread of disease

Dengue occurs primarily in tropic and sub-tropic areas where Aedes aegypti and sometimes also Aedes albopictus mosquitoes live. Outbreaks usually occur during seasons when Aedes mosquito populations are high, often when rainfall is optimal for breeding. Although rare, dengue may be introduced into areas by travelers who become infected while visiting other areas of the tropics where dengue commonly exists.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF DENGUE3

  • High fever up to 40°C (104°F)

  • Increased fatigue

  • Severe headache

  • Pain in the body, especially behind the eyes and joints

  • Red spots appear on the skin

Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) is a more severe form of the dengue infection that can be fatal if unrecognized and not properly treated in a timely manner. Its sufferers also experience vomiting, bleeding, severe abdominal pain, cold in the legs and arms, blue lips, or a decrease in blood pressure.

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