Dengue is caused by four types of viruses that are transmitted by bites of Aedes mosquitoes, which breed in stagnant water around human habitations. For details, read WHO Factsheet. Zika, too is transmitted by Aedes. Sexual transmission has also been reported for Zika.
1. Avoid being bitten by mosquitos, by mosquito-proofing your windows.
2. Prevent proliferation of mosquitoes, by emptying water from any open containers left in the open.
3. Car tyres lying around in any position will hold rain water, and this water cannot be easily emptied. Therefore, if you want to keep old tyres out in the open for some genuine reason, you should either cover their open area fully or puncture large holes everywhere so water cannot accumulate in any position.
4. Grow mosquito-larva eating (larvivorous) tiny fishes such as gambusia or guppies in your garden pools or any open accumulation of water, which cannot be emptied, in and around your premises. These larvivorous fishes do considerable service by eating up all mosquito larvae in the water.
Consult your doctor
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