Dengue fever

Dengue fever is an acute infectious disease caused by dengue fever virus and transmitted by mosquitoes, which often occurs in tropical and subtropical regions. The vector of this disease transmission is aedes albopictus , commonly found in Macao.
Symptoms of dengue fever include sudden high fever, severe headache, retro-orbital pain, muscle and joint pain and rash, etc.
Currently, there is no effective vaccine against dengue fever, thus the best way to prevent the disease are: eliminate stagnant water to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes and avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
Summer in Macao is hot and rainy, a climate that provides ideal conditions for the breeding of mosquitoes. Schools should therefore always ensure a hygienic environment and adopt the following measures to prevent dengue transmission:
  1. Stagnant water should be eliminated to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.
    • Flowerpot plates should not accumulate stagnant water. Gardeners should pay special attention to stagnant water in decorative pots or flowerpot plates that are not found easily.
    • Since aedes albopictus can lay eggs in a small volume of stagnant water, trash such as beverage cans and lunch boxes, etc. These items should be disposed in trash containers with lids.
    • To keep drains free from blockage.
  2. If necessary, windows and doors in classrooms should be installed with mosquito nets.
  3.  Carry out pest control on a periodic basis for mosquito prevention and other disease vector.
  4.  If any employee or student displays symptoms of fever or rash, etc. medical assistance should be sought promptly.