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mental health, physical health, dengue fever, mosquito-borne illness, advanced transportation, sanitation, fluid management




Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne illness that impacts South and Southeast Asia at significant rates. It is carried primarily by the aedes aegypti mosquito, a species that thrives in warm, tropical climates. Features of dengue include excruciating pain and, in severe cases, internal bleeding, shock, and death. The spread of dengue in South and Southeast Asia is due to several factors, including advancements in transportation, poor preventative measures, poor sanitation, and subsequent standing water, which is an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. Dengue causes many negative consequences on individuals and communities it affects, including pain and suffering, lasting physiological effects, a significant economic burden on households and community systems, and poor mental health. Two innovative practices to combat the spread of dengue are sticky traps that catch mosquitoes and identify whether they carry dengue and improved fluid management for those already infected.