New War on Dengue

Before I moved to Panama, I had never heard about Dengue. It is a mosquito spread disease that can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated. What is really bad is that subsequent infections are more dangerous.

This morning I noticed an article about a new study on eradicating Dengue in Panama. Lets hope this provides some aid in battling this horrible problem that affects so much of Latin America and South America.

5 thoughts on “New War on Dengue

  1. Our friend, neighbor and fellow blogger in Pedasi, Karen – In Da Campo, had Dengue. She was down for almost 2 months and after 5 months is still feeling after effects. You do not want Dengue.

  2. When I came to Panama in 1975, Dengue was almost unheard of. Dr. Gorgas effectively eradicated most mosquito-born diseases in areas near the Canal Zone. There are many reasons why Dengue and other diseases are making a comeback, not the least of which is garbage collection, or lack thereof, in some areas. Illegal immigration is also playing a part.

  3. Dengue now is a problem in many countries — endemic in more than 100, according to the CDC.
    There are various significant reasons for this, although lack of garbage collection in itself should not be one of them, and neither is “illegal immigration” (or “legal immigration,” for that matter).
    Country-to-country transmission has been almost entirely through infested cargo, on ships.
    Country-to-country transmission by people (and this would mean both immigrants and travellers/tourists) has overall been negligible.
    Mosquitoes don’t feast or breed on/in garbage, though they can breed in garbage cans, lids, etc. with standing water or in wet standing garbage.
    They also can breed in long-standing puddles, flower pots, rain gutters, undisturbed birdbaths and even water dishes of pets if left unchanged for a few days, or undisturbed children’s wading pools.
    Main effective control method is removal of any potential mosquito breeding grounds, which means removing any standing water.
    If water must remain standing, some control experts say people can try a home remedy of adding a little oil (ex. non-poisonous cooking or mineral oil), which will eliminate surface water tension where larvae float and also suffocate larvae.
    In some US cities, a few drops of larvicide is placed down storm sewer drains to eliminate or control larvae development.

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