Salamat Dok: The dengue mosquito

by Yam dela Cruz, Multimedia producer, Salamat Dok

Posted at Oct 19 2010 04:40 PM | Updated as of Oct 20 2010 09:10 AM

You guys better watch out when you go to your backyard. Look what happened to the following 2 young men! 

Brothers Joel and Jeric dela Cruz were bitten by mosquitoes when they buried their dead dog behind their house. After a few days, Jeric got feverish and experienced headaches and even his eyes hurt badly.
They thought it was just a simple fever but after a few more days, rashes appeared in his arms. He was very much aware that it was a symptom of dengue so he was immediately rushed to the hospital.

While in the hospital, his elder brother, Joel, also got sick. 

Joel shared” “I never thought it could have been dengue because the first fever subsided soon. Then it went back, plus I know I have strong immune system. But that second fever attack did not subside so I was also rushed to the hospital.”
Joel was diagnosed positive of dengue hemorrhagic fever. He stayed in the hospital longer than his brother because they waited for the rashes to come out. Aside from financial obligations at the hospital, he said it was a difficult time for their family, both physically and mentally.
Now, Jeric and Joel are well and very much healthy. They said they have learned so much from that experience and they already know what to do to prevent their family from getting this dreaded disease.
What is dengue?
Dengue is found mostly during and shortly after the rainy season in tropical and sub-tropical areas. It is an infectious disease carried by Aedes mosquitoes and caused by any of four related dengue viruses: Den-1, Den-2, Den-3 and Den-4. Each of these stereotypes can be very fatal to the victim.
Aedes aegypti mosquito
The Aedes aegypti is a species of mosquito, measuring only five millimeters with its peculiar white stripes. Also called tiger mosquito, it is attracted to the odor and sweat of human beings and bites only during daytime. Its peak biting time is after sunrise and at dusk one hour before sunset.
Once infected, a mosquito remains infectious for life, transmitting the virus during probing and blood feeding. Only the aedes specie or the tiger mosquito which has bitten a person infected with dengue fever can carry the dengue virus.
“There’s no such thing as person-to-person transmission. The reason why we get this virus is because we were bitten by dengue carrying mosquito. Once bitten this virus is already transmitted to our body. At first, we may not know we have it, when you roam around the community; you’re bitten again by a mosquito, that’s when the virus spreads. Then in few weeks time, virus spreads to the whole community. We are actually the carriers.” explains Dr. Eric Tayag of the DOH National Epidemiology Center.
Aedes aegypti mosquito is attracted to warm skin and the carbon dioxide emitted by our body, dark clothes, hands with low moisture output and moving subjects.
“These mosquitoes are looking for clean stagnant water. When we say stagnant, this does not include rivers, gutter water, and muddy brackish water. “ Dr. Tayag adds.
For more information on dengue, its symptoms, prevention and control and treatment, you may click on the highlighted words.

Natural mosquito repellant 

Everybody’s innovating so we want to introduce you to a natural mosquito repellant!

Some plants like citronella, lemongrass, cedar, verbena, geranium lavender, peppermint, tea tree oil, rosemary and garlic have repellant properties. Dengue mosquitoes do not like the smell of these plants but the repelling action last only for 2 hours. 

Now, there is an effective and safe insect repellant called Oilganics Andiroba Herbal Lotion. Unlike the existing insect repellant lotion in the market, with its chemical and pesticide properties, this lotion is an all natural herbal repellant that can also cure bruises and open wounds because it has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Oilganics Andiroba Herbal Lotion contains Andiroba from Andiroba Plant or Brazilian Mahogany. It can be found growing wild in the Amazon rainforest and well known in Brazil and widely used as a natural insect repellent. Aside from treating insect bites, here are more of its benefits: 
  • Treats skin problems like psoriasis, dermatitis, heat rashes and skin fungi
  • It has analgesic (pain reliever), anti-bacterial, antiparasitic and anti-inflammatory properties
  • It is a rich source of essential fatty acids including oleic, palmitic, stearic and linoleic acid
  • It has limonoids and andirobin that gives the oil its insect repellent and anti-inflammatory properties 
To apply, just put a generous amount to your body especially to exposed parts like arms and legs and ankles twice a day.
Clinical Study
A local clinical test was conducted by a BFAD-recognized dermatologist to determine the efficacy of Oilganics Andiroba Herbal Lotion in terms of decrease in the number of mosquito bites and safety in terms of erythema or redness, pruitus or itchiness, papules and stinging sensation .
“We know that the dengue cases are on the rise that’s why we thought of coming up with an effective natural mosquito repellant,” says Helen Grace Nebril, Technical Consultant of Rhodesian Distributors
Studied were 35 male and female ages 1 to 30. Based on the study, the dermatologist concluded that Oilganics Andiroba Herbal Lotion is significantly effective as a mosquito repellant after 8 and 24 hours of exposure.
In all the 35 subjects, no adverse reactions on the skin were noted so it can also be considered dermatologically-tested safe for use among Filipinos. 
Oral rehydration 
Oral rehydration solution is a way to control water loss, one of the early signs of early stages of dengue. This is also good for diarrhea because it replaces lost fluids and electrolytes in the body. It contains salt and other ingredients like glucose, sucrose or molasses that’s dissolved in water.
This solution increases the body’s ability to absorb water and is recommended to the patient every after 1 or 2 hours. Oral rehydration solution is available in your health centers, leading drugstores and hospitals.
In case you are experiencing prolonged diarrhea, it’s important to go to the nearest doctor so that you can be given an urgent treatment.
Are you one of them?
Did you know that 1 out of 10 people are prone to be bitten by a mosquito? Female mosquitoes bite in order to get blood needed to develop their fertilized eggs.
Mosquitoes are also attracted to those who have high cholesterol and high uric acid in their sweat. Pregnant women who exhale double amounts of carbon dioxide are also susceptible to getting bitten. According to research, those with blood “type o” are also prone to bites because among all the blood types, this has the strongest smell attractive to mosquitoes. October 9, 2010