Once thought to be a disease that had disappeared from the United States, as of July 2010, some cases are popping up in Ocala and Miami. The bad news is that the Aedes Aegypti mosquito is in the area of Southern Florida. More bad news is that due to how quickly mosquitoes breed, there are likely to be a lot more, very soon. But, there is good news. By watching out for symptoms of Dengue Fever, you can catch it and treat it before it becomes a danger to your long-term health.
- severe headache
- joint, muscle and bone pain
- High fever
- severe pain behind the eyes
If these symptoms persist and you experience new symptoms like vomiting with severe stomach pain and possibly difficulty breathing you could be entering the next phase of the disease which is more serious. While there is no specific treatment for Dengue Fever, the symptoms can be treated effectively so they do not precipitate other health problems such as dehydration or uncontrolled high fever. If you think you may have Dengue Fever, contact a doctor for the next steps in treatment.
The only way to prevent Dengue Fever is to prevent mosquito bites. When stationary in such places such as a hotel or resort, try to find a hotel that treats their grounds for mosquitoes. In your home, have your yard sprayed by a professional which can eliminate most of the mosquitoes in your yard. When going out, use a topical mosquito lotion or spray. Be sure to check the safety of sprays before applying them to young children.
How does the yard spray program work? They spray your yard approximately every 3 weeks. The spray treatment is effective for that 3 week period. You don’t have to do anything. You don’t have to pick up the phone to schedule. You just sign up for the season and they take care of the rest. For commercial properties such as resorts and for special events such as weddings, they have seasonal and one-time event products to get rid of the nasty critters for your vacation or special day.
If you’re getting married at a coastline venue or at a water-location in their area, they can spray the area a couple days before to keep the pests away from you and your guests during the events. Mosquitoes breed in standing water so it’s a great idea to spray for your beach wedding, your lake wedding or other events near the water.