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Dengue Fever – Facts and Myths

Here are some facts you need to know about Dengue Fever:

1. Is there a Specific Dengue Mosquito? Fact! The mosquitoes that carry this disease are known as Aedes Aegypti and find humans as their preferable targets. The mosquito can be recognized by white markings on legs and a marking in the form of a lyre on the thorax. The mosquito originated in Africa but is now found in tropical and subtropical regions throughout the world.

2. I heard Dengue Mosquitoes Only Bite During The Day? Sort of Myth! The mosquito usually bites at dusk and dawn but may bite at any time during the day especially indoors, in shady areas, or when the weather is cloudy, domestic insect’s feeding habits are the reason that it is so easily kept in a constant cycle and why there is no vaccine for anyone who has contracted anything by a Dengue mosquito. That is just one more reason to protect yourself and make sure you buy the best mosquito traps or repellents that money can buy.

3. Dengue Mosquitoes Already Have Dengue Fever In Them. Myth! They need to bite an infected human and then bite a new person to transmit the disease. This means that populated areas are more prone to risk. Being bitten in your home lowers the risk as that mosquito would have had to bite someone else, somewhere else and then fly into your home and bite you. It doesn’t mean it can’t happen but the odds go down a bit. Unless of course your home is in a heavily populated area like a city.

To summarize: A certain type of mosquito typically bites an infected person during the day and then transmit the disease to you.

I am by no means a Dengue/Mosquito expert so if you find other facts please comment in and let us all know.

Read more about Dengue Fever here: http://www.dhpe.org/infect/dengue.html

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