JR Lopez Gonzales 10:47 PM 6
Although there are some herbal cure for the dengue virus (such as the tawa-tawa herb), prevention is still the most important thing to do to avoid being bitten by dengue-carrying mosquitoes. It is better than any remedy. Here’s my Top 10 dengue prevention tips:
10 - When available, use air-conditioning. Attach screens to all windows and doors.
9 - Avoid hanging clothes in dark corners as these serve as hiding places for mosquitoes.
8 - Control wrigglers (“kiti-kiti”) in ponds by keeping larvae-eating fish like goldfish.
7 - Warn children not to play near still water for possibilities of being bitten by dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
6 - Discard items that collect rain or run-off water, especially old tires. Keep containers outside the home and gutters dry. Change the water in outdoor birdbaths and pet water containers once a week.
5 – Clean and replace the water in flower vases, fridge trays, storage bins, or pails once a week. Watch out for bromeliad plants, its funnel like leaves hold water.
4 - Insist that public-health officials safeguard your community by eliminating stagnant water sites in construction and wastewater treatment areas.
3 - Apply insect repellants on skin. Use mosquito patches, citronella sprays, bug bands (usually repels insects for 120 hours), or use high-tech gadgets such as the ultrasonic anti-mosquito repellant.
2 - When outdoors, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Wear longer clothing that covers exposed skin in the arms and legs to thwart bites.
1 - Sleep on a bed inside a mosquito net.
For the steps on how to make a Tawa-tawa tea against Dengue virus infection, click here.