Monsoon is going to be a refreshing escape after a scorching summer. But as enjoyable as it will be, the sudden change in climate is going to make us susceptible to a number of diseases, some of which can be fatal if left untreated. We should be mindful of these diseases and take preventive measures if we are going to enjoy the monsoon.

Malaria:

Malaria is very common during monsoon as the water-logging serves as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. It is transmitted to humans through female Anopheles mosquito.

Preventive measures:

  • Wear clothes which cover your whole body
  • Use a mosquito net while sleeping
  • Apply insect repellent to exposed skin

Dengue:

Dengue is caused by a virus spread through what is commonly known as tiger mosquito. It usually bites during dawn and early morning.

Preventive measures:

  • Use insect repellent containing the chemical DEET (a powerful repellent)
  • Use bed nets while sleeping

Chikungunya:

Like Dengue, Chikungunya is also spread through mosquitoes. It is extremely painful and can even be traumatizing.

Preventive measures:

  • Prevent waterlogging.
  • Shut all the doors in the evening to control the inflow of mosquitos.

Typhoid:

Contaminated foods and water serve as the main transmission causes of Typhoid, which is caused by bacteria. It is a highly infectious and contagious disease. 

Preventive measures:

  • Avoid cut open eatables.
  • Avoid street foods.
  • Drink purified or boiled water.

Hepatitis A:

It is another infectious water-borne disease caused by a virus. It is spread by consuming contaminated food and water.

Preventive measures:

  • Practice healthy hygiene
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid Street foods.

Be mindful, take precautions and have a blast this monsoon!