More rains are expected in many states and the worry over dengue is a major concern. In June, nearly 1,200 people in the state were affected by dengue, making Tamil Nadu the state with the second highest number of dengue cases after Kerala.

Though the Tamil Nadu government has been issuing warnings to not to store water in open containers, the public doesn’t seem to be heeding the warning thanks to the water crunch.

Dr. A Kannan, MD, HOD – Pediatrics, Meenakshi Mission Hospital, Madurai, states, “Dengue cases in Tamil Nadu see a sharp spike from July to October. Dengue can be fatal if prompt treatment is not taken, so prevention is better than cure.”

Symptoms of dengue

There are numerous signs to watch out for in case of dengue. Usually, people tend to experience fever and muscle, bone, and joint aches.

It can be compounded by headache, chills (shivering and/or sweating), rash (may be itchy) and/or red spots or flushing, and swollen lymph nodes too. Some people will also experience vomiting, sore throat, nausea, abdominal and/or back pain.

If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s best to see a doctor immediately.

Prevention of dengue

Advises Dr Kannan, “To protect oneself from getting dengue, one should avoid water stagnation near houses where mosquitoes can breed, use mosquito repellents even in daytime, and wear full-sleeves clothes to cover the skin and avoid mosquito bites. Additionally, do not use perfumes or scented lotions as mosquitoes are drawn to strong smells. One should also get fumigation done regularly to disable the mosquito habitat.”