Dengue Outbreaks has been on the rise, from China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, South America, to Africa. In Guangdong alone, there were over 23,000 confirmed dengue fever cases in 2014.  Dengue is a mosquito-borne disease that infects an estimate of 50 to 100 million humans worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

Dengue viral fever is also called the “Breakbone fever” because it causes severe muscle and joint pains. It is often associated with hemorrhagic fevers, although there may not be bleeding in all cases. Dengue fever is like a lottery, it could be potentially fatal, or not but may need hospital treatment. In any case, it must be taken seriously.

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When you spot some these symptoms, or when in doubt, go to the hospital immediately.

  • Fever +
  • severe headache
  • rashes (especially pinpoint rashes)
  • Pain: muscle, bone, joints. Pain behind the eyes.
  • Lethargy
  • Bleeding

Dengue is spread by the Aedesaegypti mosquito. It is active in daylight hours and bites from dawn to dusk. The good news, this bug hasn’t gotten a visa to Shanghai so far. The bad news, we love to travel and dengue is prevalent in many of our favorite destinations. It is prevalent in tropical and sub-tropical climates, but it’s been spreading to more areas worldwide due to climate change. Almost half of the world’s population live in high-risk dengue areas.


There’s no known cure norvaccinations against Dengue. The main thing is to preventfrom being bitten. Slather insect repellent on all exposed areas, and REAPPLY when you sweat or get wet, to make sure you get continued protection.

There are many effective natural bug repellents. For babies, young kids, and those with sensitive skin or nose,try a nourishing moisturizer that naturally helps repel insects and erase itch quickly. For those who sweat like a hostage, try stronger, chemical-based but DEET-free insect repellents .When you’re in insect-infested areas, cover up with loose, long clothing and socks; and avoid wearing colognes or perfume.  Here are more ways to lessen the chances of being mosquito buffet.

Take care.


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