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Protect Your Child from Dengue3

What is Dengue?

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.

How it effects?

Infected mainly through a bite from Aedes aegypti mosquito

This mosquito feeds and breeds in small man-made articles that contain water, rests inside buildings. 4

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

Symptoms5

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.

Why loss of platelets?

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.6

Treatments

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.7

Best Foods to Recover from Dengue 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.

Can papaya leaves cure dengue?

Many health experts suggest papaya leaf juice as an effective remedy to treat dengue fever. The leaf extract increases platelet counts in the patients suffering from dengue.8

Acetogenin is a compound found in Papaya leaves have strong anti-malarial properties, making them best to cure dengue fever and malaria and Dengue

Don’t forget Chikungunya and Zika

Dengue, Zika, and Chikungunya are all carried by the pesky Aedes aegypti mosquito.

Is there any vaccine available for Dengue?

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.

How can we keep safe from 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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