Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Dengue Fever

Dengue fever is a painful, debilitating mosquito-borne disease caused by any one of four closely related dengue viruses. These viruses are related to the viruses that cause West Nile infection and yellow fever.

Each year, an estimated 100 million cases of dengue fever occur worldwide. 

If you experience any of these symptoms of Dengue don’t take it lightly and consult your doctor at the earliest. Dengue can be treated successfully if it’s detected timely.
Asian Diagnostics offers blood tests to detect Dengue.

Dengue fever facts

  • Dengue fever is a disease caused by a family of viruses that are transmitted by mosquitoes.
  • Symptoms include as severe joint and muscle pain, swollen lymph nodesheadachefever, exhaustion, and rash. The presence of fever, rash, and headache (the "dengue triad") is characteristic of dengue fever.
  • Dengue is prevalent throughout the tropics and subtropics.
  • Because dengue fever is caused by a virus, there is no specific medicine or antibiotic to treat it. For typical dengue fever, the treatment is directed toward relief of the symptoms (symptomatic treatment).
  • The acute phase of the illness with fever and myalgias lasts about one to two weeks.
  • Dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) is a specific syndrome that tends to affect children under 10 years of age. It causes abdominal pain, hemorrhage (bleeding), and circulatory collapse (shock).
  • The prevention of dengue fever requires control or eradication of the mosquitoes carrying the virus that causes dengue.
  • There is currently no vaccine for dengue fever.
Dengue Fever Symptoms and Signs
Primary symptoms of dengue appear three to 15 days after the mosquito bite and include the following:
  • high fever and severe headache with severe pain behind the eyes that is apparent when trying to move the eyes.
Other associated symptoms are:
  • joint pain,
  • muscle and bone pain,
  • rash,
  • and mild bleeding.
Many affected people complain of low back pain. The lymph nodes of the neck and groin may be swollen. Young children and people infected for the first time typically have milder symptoms than older children and adults.

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