Sun. Aug 25th, 2019

Practice 3s for Dengue Prevention: MOH

The Ministry of Health (MOH) is urging the public to practice the recommended 3S of Dengue Prevention.

The Ministry elaborating on the ‘3s’ recommends ‘Searching & Eliminating’ mosquito-breeding sites in and around homes as mosquitoes prefer to breed within or near places where humans live.

It further urges to remove or empty containers of standing water to eliminate potential breeding sites for mosquitoes. Common breeding sources include old tires, pet dish pans, flower pots, and empty bottles.

The ‘Self-Protection’ measures such as wearing clothing that covers the skin and using insect repellent on exposed skin can is recommended.

It stressed on ‘Seeking Early Consultation’ if an individual or a family member experiences two or more of the following symptoms: Sudden high fever, severe headache & backache, chills, body ache, joint & muscle pain, pain when moving your eyes, loss of appetite, and vomiting.

In the March up till now, there have been 9 new cases of dengue fever. Dengue fever prevention and control depends on effective vector control measures. Practice the 3S of dengue prevention to prevent the spread of Dengue.

People who have previously been infected with dengue fever may be at risk for severe dengue fever after an infection with a different type of dengue virus.

Dengue Fever is a mosquito-borne disease that is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected female Aedes mosquito. These mosquitoes mostly bite during dawn & dusk and thrive in standing water. Symptoms range from a mild, flu-like illness to severe dengue fever which is characterized by severe abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, and bleeding.

For more information on Dengue Fever, please contact the Communicable Disease Unit (CDU) at 488-2450. For moreinformation on the prevention of mosquito-borne disease, please contact the Division of Environmental Health (DEH) at488-6073 or 488-6345. (PR)