A tropical disease borne out of Aedes aegypti, a type of mosquito, being infected with the dengue virus can be clinically dangerous.

Thriving in countries with tropical weather, South America, Southeast Asia, and Africa are considered as prime places where the infection is prevalent.

Although it cannot be passed through physical contact of person to person, the transmission of the virus lies solely on infected mosquito bites.

With common symptoms such as severe headaches, high fever, muscle pain, and vomiting, there is no vaccine to prevent it.

To make matters worse, the disease has four types, making anyone vulnerable in contracting it four times. Protection, however, can be done to avoid it.

FGen lists it in three simple ways.

1. Eradicate mosquito habitat

Stagnant water is the main breeder of mosquitoes. Being the fastest way to spread it, make sure to filter and remove excess water in receptacles and containers. Clean and scrub all water vases and vessels to remove possible presence of mosquito eggs.

2. Use mosquito repellents

Wear your self-defenses in the form of mosquito repellents. These substances have DEET, or diethyltoluamide, which prevents insects and mosquitoes from landing on your skin.

3. Put up doors and windows screens

Protect your home from having unwanted insects - it is best to put up physical barriers that may block mosquitoes from entering your home. 

Because dengue is a severe disease, medical expenses and treatment can be very expensive.

FGen, as a leading insurer, has made available Mosquitronella insurance which offers up to Php 10,000 cash assistance and Php 10,000 for death benefits at the cost of Php 350.

Its coverage also include expenses from other mosquito-borne diseases, such as the Zika and Chikungunya. To know further details, contact FGen at 02 706 39 59.