Dengue is a viral infection spread by mosquitoes. It’s widespread in many parts of the world
These mosquitoes bite most often early in the morning or in the early evening. You can get it again if you’ve had it before, as you’ll only be immune to one variant of the virus.
Infected mainly through a bite from Aedes aegypti mosquito
Dengue is caused by any one of four types of dengue viruses. When a mosquito bites a person infected with a dengue virus, the virus enters the mosquito. When the infected mosquito bites another person, the virus now enters healthy person’s bloodstream
A common symptom in more severe cases is loss of platelets. In most people the infection is mild without causing any lasting problems. But in rare cases it can be potentially life threatening.
The virus infects cells of the human immune system, leading to symptoms that include liver damage and loss of white blood cells.
This is because of the following:
Dengue suppresses bone marrow which is the platelet-producing area, leading to decreased platelet count. Blood cells affected by dengue virus damage platelets, leading to their drastic fall in numbers. Antibodies produced in dengue also lead to massive destruction of platelets.
There’s no specific treatment or widely available vaccine for dengue. Treatment is rest, plenty of fluids and paracetamol for pain. Dengue usually resolves in one to two weeks. Especially in babies and young children, dengue may progress to dengue haemorrhagic fever.
Papaya- Papaya leaves are the best option to go for
Broccoli -Excellent source of Vitamin K which helps to regenerate blood platelets.
Pomegranate- rich in essential nutrients and minerals that provides the body with required energy.
Acetogenin is a compound found in Papaya leaves have strong anti-malarial properties, making them best to cure dengue fever and malaria and Dengue
Dengue, Zika, and Chikungunya are all carried by the pesky Aedes aegypti mosquito.
In 2016 a partially effective vaccine for dengue fever (Dengvaxia) became commercially available in 11 countries: Mexico, the Philippines, Indonesia, Brazil, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Guatemala, Peru, Thailand, and Singapore.
Sanofi’s vaccine designed to coax the body’s immune system into making antibodies against all the four forms of dengue.
- Personal protection and the environmental management of mosquitoes
- Apply mosquito repellent, ideally one containing DEET
- Cover your arms and legs by wearing long-sleeves and long pants
- Use mosquito nets while sleeping
Over and over, nature shows that it’s a tough adversary. That’s why it’s important that we invest in laboratories, disease detectives, research, mosquito control, the public health system around the world to find, stop, track, prevent health threats.
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