How can you keep from getting it?

  • When traveling to areas that have dengue fever, try to avoid exposure to mosquitoes. Aedes mosquitoes are usually most active in the early morning hours after daybreak, in the late afternoon before dark, and any time during the day when indoors or in shady areas.
  • Use mosquito netting over beds, and screens on windows and doorways.
  • Use mosquito repellents with 20-30% DEET and wear appropriate clothing, such as longsleeved shirts and long pants that reduce exposure to mosquito bites.
  • Mosquitoes are drawn to dark colors; if possible, wear white or light colored clothing when you are likely to be exposed to biting mosquitoes.