What are the myths of Dengue

Dengue fever, a viral infection transmitted by mosquitoes, is often misunderstood, leading to misconceptions about the disease. Here are some common myths debunked:

Myth: Every mosquito can cause dengue fever.
Fact: Only Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes carry the germs that cause dengue fever. While it’s essential to be cautious about mosquito bites, not all mosquitoes spread dengue.

Myth: Dengue fever is more common in rural areas.
Fact: Dengue is prevalent in urban areas as well as rural ones. It affects populations wherever the Aedes mosquito, its carrier, is present.

Myth: Mosquitoes breeding in sewer or river water spread dengue.
Fact: Aedes mosquitoes breed in stagnant water found in domestic settings, such as old tires, pools, trash cans, and flower pots. Eliminating these breeding sites can help prevent dengue transmission.

Myth: Vaccination can prevent dengue fever.
Fact: Currently, there’s no specific vaccine that provides complete protection against all types of dengue fever. While some vaccines may alleviate symptoms, there’s no foolproof preventive measure against dengue.

Myth: Dengue-spreading mosquitoes bite only at night.
Fact: Aedes mosquitoes are most active during the day, particularly during dusk and dawn. However, they can also bite indoors or in shady areas during the day. Contrary to popular belief, they aren’t primarily nocturnal biters.

Understanding these myths and facts about dengue fever can help individuals take appropriate preventive measures and seek accurate information about the disease. Effective mosquito control measures, along with community awareness, play crucial roles in dengue prevention and control efforts.