Ministry of Health & Wellness Jamaica

Know the facts. Help Prevent Dengue!

Protect yourself and others from mosquito bites.

Dengue is an infection caused by a virus spread by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. There are four dengue viruses- called Dengue Type 1, 2, 3, and 4. You can only be infected by each “type” once in your lifetime.

Symptoms usually identified with Dengue Fever are:

  • Sudden onset of fever
  • Headache
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Muscle pains
  • Bone or joint pain
  • Skin rash
  • Vomiting or the “feeling to vomit”

Severe Dengue

Person with Severe Dengue may have all the symptoms of Dengue fever in addition to:

  • Severe belly pain
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Bleeding from the mouth, nose or other unusual places
  • Bloody or black, sticky stool
  • Feeling faint
  • Low energy or restlessness
  • Small bleeding spots under skin
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

What to do! If you feel you have Dengue Fever:

  • Visit your health centre or doctor and follow instructions given carefully
  • Rest
  • Drink a lot of fluids
  • Use Paracetamol pain killers ONLY
  • DO NOT TAKE other pain killer, such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatory drugs, as they may increase your risk of bleeding.

Dengue Prevention:

  • ✓ Stop Aedes mosquito breedingby looking for anything water can settle in and
    • ✓ Cover it
    • ✓ Keep it dry
    • ✓ Clean regularly
    • ✓ Fill it with soil or sand
    • ✓ Punch holes in it
    • ✓ Recycle or dispose

  • ✓ Avoid being bitten by mosquitoes
    • Use insect repellent containing DEET, IR3535 or PICARIDIN
    • Use mosquito nets
    • Use mosquito destroyer
    • Put screens on window and door
    • holes in it
    • or dispose

  • Take community actions

Community members must work together to prevent Aedes breeding in their community.

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Mosquito Proof Your Home

Mosquito Proof Your Home

How to mosquito-proof your home. Clear your yard of items that collect water. Planters, open bottles, pails, watering cans, tires, even something as shallow as a bottle cap can be breeding places for mosquitoes. Also make sure rain gutters are clear of debris. Use screens on windows and doors. Use airconditioning when available.

Use Insect Repellent

Use repellant when in-door and out-doors.

Wear Protective Clothing

Mosquito repellant clothing is not just about mosquitoes but about deterring ticks and the many other insects. Wear long-sleeve shirt and pants or use insect repellant for extra Protection.

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