Preventing Dengue Fever

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There is so much to love about life in South Florida. The weather, the sea, and a laid-back lifestyle are envied by many who live elsewhere. But with the heat and humidity comes a pest that can bring pestilence. Dengue fever is a particularly serious concern for parents of young children. Senior citizens may also be at an increased health risk. Here is a quick guide on how to prevent dengue fever and stay safe, while enjoying the glorious summertime.

Unfortunately, there is no vaccine available to fight dengue and there are no specific medications that treat a dengue infection. This is why prevention is crucial and that entails avoiding mosquito bites for those who live in an endemic area – such as we do in our community.

Reducing the mosquito population around your home is key to avoiding the pesky and dangerous insects. That means eliminating places for them to lay eggs. Most popular are artificial containers that hold water. Outdoor containers like pet water bowls, birdbaths, plant watering cans, and plant and flower dishes are all places where mosquitos thrive. Make sure any vessel indoors and outside that has standing water, including fresh flowers in a vase, is changed and cleaned out weekly.

Wearing bug repellent is necessary both outside and even in your own home. Also, make sure any window screens are in good condition and free from any holes, so they are effective in keeping the insects outside. Loose clothing that covers your arms and legs will also be effective in preventing a bite. Sleeping under a mosquito net is also recommended.

If a family member is ill with dengue fever, you must take extra precautions to prevent additional mosquito bites.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you should seek medical attention if you experience high fever and at least two more of the following symptoms:

  • Severe headache
  • Severe eye pain, behind the eyes
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle and/or bone pain
  • Rash
  • Mild bleeding from nose or gums, or easy bruising
  • Low white cell count

If you become suspicious of a high fever or other dengue-related symptoms, please visit our walk-in clinic for treatment.

Seek immediate emergency medical attention if you experience any of these warning signs:

  • Severe abdominal pain or vomiting
  • Bleeding from nose or gums
  • Red spots or patches
  • Vomiting blood
  • Black, tarry stools
  • Drowsiness or irritability
  • Pale, cold or clammy skin
  • Breathing difficulties

Family Medical Clinic Kendall is an inner-city health clinic in Miami. We care about our community members in the Miami area. Treating families is our life’s work and passion. We support families in guiding them toward healthy nutrition and wellness. We are open late, and no appointment is required. Located at 9000 SW 137th Avenue, Suite 111 in Miami, we offer a walk-in clinic, urgent care and a lab & diagnostics. Call us today at (305) 603-7824 to find out how we can help.

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