Many have considered mosquitoes to be harmless due to its small and fragile nature. But little did they know that, mosquitoes have caused more human fatalities compared to any other creatures on earth. Although they may not look dangerous, mosquitoes are actually carriers of deadly diseases such as dengue, malaria and chikungunya.
Recently, Aedes mosquitoes have posed a serious threat in Malaysia due to an increasing hike in dengue cases. As of 30th May 2015 compared with same time last year, the number of dengue cases have shown a significant growth of 34% with 47,112 cases reported with 141 deaths.
Here are some symptoms of dengue fever that normally begins 4 to 10 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito:
• Fever, up to 106 F (41 C)
• Muscle, bone and joint pain
• Pain behind your eyes
The Health Ministry has been taking numerous measures to minimise the spread of dengue but besides relying on government’s efforts, the public is also responsible to take initiatives in getting rid of mosquito breeding grounds. By taking small efforts such as discarding unwanted items that collect water around your home, it helps in preventing mosquitoes from breeding. This prevention method can really make a huge difference in reducing the dengue menace.
Take a look at the infographic about the deadliest animal on earth; mosquito and learn the best preventive measures for your home.