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How to prevent dengue fever?

hi, glad that i found this site, my 2 year old son suffered dengue DHF last week not once but twice the first is on July 13-18 and the 2nd was Aug. 13-17, we were at the stage of recovery right now. yesterday i saw some welt on his left foot and suspected that it was bitten by the aedes aegypti mosquito again. now, what can I do to prevent the dengue fever I red a lot of and found out that 5-7 days dengue symptoms may appear after being bitten. I want to control it before symptoms may occur. hope you will help me. thanks a lot.
Tue, 29 Sep 2015
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Hi...in dengue fever, rather than platelet count...most important things are -

1. Swelling and water accumulation all over the body.
2. Decreased urine output
3. Respiratory distress
4. Seizures
5. Regarding lab tests - PCV or Hematocrit is more important than platelet count. If it is above 38 and the kid is not drinking water well, we need to hospitalize and start intravenous fluids.

What you need to do is - watch for the above danger signs and if they develop rush to nearest emergency room.

Regards - Dr. Sumanth
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How to prevent dengue fever?

Hi...in dengue fever, rather than platelet count...most important things are - 1. Swelling and water accumulation all over the body. 2. Decreased urine output 3. Respiratory distress 4. Seizures 5. Regarding lab tests - PCV or Hematocrit is more important than platelet count. If it is above 38 and the kid is not drinking water well, we need to hospitalize and start intravenous fluids. What you need to do is - watch for the above danger signs and if they develop rush to nearest emergency room. Regards - Dr. Sumanth