Fighting the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits dengue, is essential at this time. This is because the number of cases has significantly increased in Mato Grosso do Sul, and in Brazil. To bring knowledge about dengue and the diseases transmitted by this mosquito, the Healthy Life program on Radio ALEMS, which airs this Friday (19), brings an interview with the infectologist of Unimed Campo Grande, Maurício Pompilio.
According to the specialist, in addition to dengue, Aedes aegypti also transmits other diseases, such as chikungunya, zika and yellow fever. Each of these diseases has similar symptoms, however, there are particularities. “All viral infections can have similar signs such as high fever, however when Zika fever occurs, it is not high. With regard to joint pain in dengue and chikungunya, they are very common, but as for chikungunya, these pains can be disabling, which makes simple acts of daily routine difficult to perform, such as brushing teeth”, he explains.
The infectious disease specialist Maurício Pompilio warns the population of Mato Grosso do Sul. “After the mosquito bite, two to seven days later, the first signs of dengue can appear, so you need to be very careful, especially if you start to have abdominal pain, vomiting that prevents you from eating and drinking water, and any form of bleeding. . If this occurs, seek medical attention.”
The doctor also points out that it is necessary to be aware in cases of dengue in the elderly, people with comorbidities and small children, care must be redoubled. “For this public, it is necessary to seek the health service as soon as possible”. According to the specialist, it is worth remembering that those who have had dengue once may have it again. Therefore, the best thing to do is to ensure that the disease is controlled, eliminating any possibility of standing water, including indoors.
Also during the chat, Maurício Pompilio talks about the treatment of these diseases, which is not directed at the virus, but at maintaining the patient’s state of life, that is, treating the symptoms presented and mainly maintaining hydration. “Those people who cannot ingest the necessary amount of liquid, then serum is needed in the vein, this can save the life of a person with dengue”, he highlights.
Another important point emphasized by the doctor is in relation to self-medication. “Certain drugs are totally contraindicated for people with suspected diseases transmitted by Aedes aegypti. Some medicines that are very common in people’s homes can be dangerous if used, for example, in cases of dengue. Products with naturally anticoagulant active ingredients increase the chances of bleeding and can worsen cases of dengue, zika and chikungunya. Among the medications that are formally contraindicated, acetylsalicylic acid, or AAS, is the main one”, he explains.
To end the interview Mauricio Pompilio makes a point of pointing out that the best way to prevent dengue, zika and chikungunya is to kill the mosquito, not letting any container accumulate water. “We are all responsible for reducing the proliferation of this insect, taking care of our backyards and any water reservoir that may exist, even inside our homes. Talk to friends, family and co-workers so that together we can fight the mosquito”.
To listen to the full interview with the infectologist at Unimed Campo Grande, Maurício Pompilio, click here.
Source: Ascom AL-MS
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