Dengue Fever

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Key facts

  • Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection.
  • The infection causes flu-like illness, and occasionally develops into a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue.
  • The global incidence of dengue has grown dramatically in recent decades.
  • About half of the world's population is now at risk.
  • Dengue is found in tropical and sub-tropical climates worldwide, mostly in urban and semi-urban areas.
  • Severe dengue is a leading cause of serious illness and death among children in some Asian and Latin American countries.
  • There is no specific treatment for dengue/ severe dengue, but early detection and access to proper medical care lowers fatality rates below 1%.
  • Dengue prevention and control solely depends on effective vector control measures

Treatment

There is no specific treatment for dengue fever.

For severe dengue, medical care by physicians and nurses experienced with the effects and progression of the disease can save lives – decreasing mortality rates from more than 20% to less than 1%. Maintenance of the patient's body fluid volume is critical to severe dengue care.

Immunization

 

There is no vaccine to protect against dengue. Developing a vaccine against dengue/ severe dengue has been challenging although there has been recent progress in vaccine development. WHO provides technical advice and guidance to countries and private partners to support vaccine research and evaluation. Several candidate vaccines are in various phases of trials.

 

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Thanks admin for sharing

Thanks admin for sharing this. I am from Lahore in which there were more than 100,000 people infected from dengue last year including myself in August and September. It was certainly one of the most severe natural epidemics in this region in last 60 years. This time Government of Punjab took special steps in order to control this disease and it is in control this time in the fall season

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Dengue Fever

Hi Qasim,

 

Had Dengue Twice Myself while Living in Sri Lanka. The worst thing is the Hemorrhage and the bleeding tendency that appears with repeated infection and it is Progressive in Fact.

The World will be a better place with a good efficacy Vaccine agaist that Disease.