Dr Krond Mond Junior of Port Moresby General Hospital recently warns the general public in Port Moresby of a Dengue Fever outbreak.
“Please take note and tell others.” Dr Krond told EMTV Online.
He said, everyone living in and around Port Moresby has to be made aware that there is a Dengue Fever outbreak.
“There is a outbreak of Dengue fever now. I have seen about seven people with Dengue fever at Port Moresby General Hospital’s Emergency Department and and five are confirmed with serelogy positive.”
According to Krond, symptoms of Dengue are having high fever, headache, multiple muscle and joints ache, abdominal discomfort, loss of appetite and back aches, with eyes turning red, irritable feeling, and a characteristic skin rash.
Symptoms typically begin three to fourteen days after infection.
The Emergency Resident Medical Officer also stressed on the initial Dengue managements before going to hospital for medical assistance
“Drink plenty fluids, juices and rehydrate properly; dehydration can kill.”Dr Krond said.
However, he encouraged patients to take panadol should they access them and try as much as possible to prevent being bitten by mosquitos by sleeping under a mosquito net.
Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus and is only transmitted by infected mosquitos. Apart from vaccines, initial methods of prevention include reducing mosquito habitat and limiting exposure to bites.