Qatar Public Health Ministry Warns of Dengue Fever Outbreak

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As the Gulf State approaches the winter and wet season, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has issued a stark warning to the Qatari public about the potential spread of dengue fever. This mosquito-borne illness, which can cause a range of symptoms from mild to severe, is expected to increase in the coming months due to favorable breeding conditions for mosquitoes.

“We are urging the public to take preventive measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites,” said a MoPH spokesperson. “Dengue fever is generally not contagious, but it can be serious, especially for young children and people with weakened immune systems.”

The MoPH has provided a list of simple steps that everyone can take to reduce the risk of mosquito bites:

  • Wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors, especially during peak mosquito hours (dawn and dusk).
  • Use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or PMD.
  • Cover up mosquito breeding sites, such as containers with stagnant water.
  • Sleep under a mosquito net treated with insecticide.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, which may appear 4-10 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito:

  • High fever
  • Headache
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Body aches
  • Nausea
  • Rash

Immediately seek medical attention. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent serious complications.

The MoPH is working closely with the Ministry of Municipality to control the spread of mosquitoes. This includes mosquito spraying, monitoring mosquito populations, and educating the public about prevention measures.

Here are some additional tips to help prevent dengue fever:

  • Dispose of trash properly to prevent the accumulation of stagnant water.
  • Repair leaky pipes and faucets to eliminate water sources for mosquitoes.
  • Cover swimming pools and other water features when not in use.
  • Clean gutters and drains regularly.
  • Be aware of mosquito breeding sites in your neighborhood and report them to the authorities.

By taking preventive measures, we can all help to keep ourselves and our families safe from dengue fever.

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