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Hanoi is currently experiencing an epidemic of Dengue Fever and we encourage all our community to be as vigilant as possible in prevention of infection by this acute virus.
What is Dengue Fever?
- Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection.
- Dengue fever is a severe, flu-like illness that affects infants, young children and adults
How do I know if I have it?
- Dengue should be suspected when a high fever (40°C/104°F) is accompanied by 2 of the following symptoms: severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands or rash. Symptoms usually last for 2–7 days, after an incubation period of 4–10 days after the bite from an infected mosquito.
- Infection can be confirmed by a blood test at a local health centre.
- Warning signs for severe dengue: occur 3–7 days after the first symptoms in conjunction with a decrease in temperature (below 38°C/100°F) and include: severe abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, rapid breathing, bleeding gums, fatigue, restlessness and blood in vomit. The next 24–48 hours of the critical stage can be lethal; proper medical care is needed to avoid complications and risk of death. Go to hospital immediately for evaluation.
What is the treatment?
- If you have any of the above symptoms you should see a doctor immediately.
- Use analgesics (pain relievers) with acetaminophen and avoid those containing aspirin.
- Get lots of rest
- Drink plenty of fluids
How can best avoid it?
Dengue mosquitoes are known to be day biters.
- Apply insect repellent daily, DEET is recommended.
- Wear long sleeves and trousers to protect wrists and ankles.
- Rid areas around homes of any standing water where mosquitoes may breed.
Dengue Fever Prevention at UNIS Hanoi
The school has ‘joined forces’ with Ciputra Estate Management and a coordinated approach to preventative mosquito spraying was initiated as soon and the threat level for Dengue Fever was increased.
We have tried to eliminate any standing water, sprayed all parking areas, halls, buildings, and clubs in the school and the Estate during the quiet hours (10pm to 2am), and carried out a supplementary programme of ‘school fence spraying’ during daylight hours (9am to 5pm).
Spraying programme is continuous, throughout the year as part of our mosquito prevention programme and we do supplement as and when necessary during times of ‘high awareness or risk’.