How serious the Dengue virus disease?

Thu, Aug 2023
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Dengue virus disease is a serious but rarely fatal mosquito-borne illness. Symptoms include high fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, and a characteristic skin rash. Severe cases can cause fluid accumulation in the lungs and brain, which can be fatal. The World Health Organization estimates that dengue virus disease affects 390 million people each year, with 96 million symptomatic cases and 40,000 deaths.

The severity of dengue virus disease depends on the following factors:

  • The strain of the virus. Some strains of dengue virus are more severe than others.
  • The age of the patient. Children are more likely to develop severe dengue virus disease than adults.
  • The patient's immune status. People who have been previously infected with dengue virus are more likely to develop severe disease if they are infected with a different strain of the virus.

Dengue virus disease is diagnosed based on the patient's symptoms and a blood test. There is no specific treatment for dengue virus disease. Treatment is supportive, and includes rest, fluids, and pain relievers. Severe cases may require hospitalization and treatment with intravenous fluids and oxygen.

The best way to prevent dengue virus disease is to avoid mosquito bites. This can be done by:

  • Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Using insect repellent containing DEET or picaridin.
  • Sleeping under a mosquito net.
  • Eliminating standing water around homes and businesses.

Vaccines are available for some strains of dengue virus. However, these vaccines are not widely available, and they are not effective against all strains of the virus.

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Dengue virus disease, also known as dengue fever, is a serious illness that can be potentially life-threatening if not treated properly. It is caused by any one of four related viruses transmitted by mosquitoes. The severity of the disease varies and can range from mild to severe. Mild cases may present flu-like symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, joint and muscle pain, rash, and mild bleeding (such a nose bleed or bleeding gums). These symptoms usually last for 2-7 days. However, in severe cases, the disease can develop into dengue hemorrhagic fever or dengue shock syndrome. Dengue hemorrhagic fever is characterized by high fever and damage to the lymphatic system and blood vessels. This can lead to bleeding, blood plasma leakage, and low platelet count. Dengue shock syndrome is characterized by a sudden drop in blood pressure leading to shock. Both dengue hemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome can be fatal if not treated promptly. They require immediate medical attention. Furthermore, there is currently no specific treatment for dengue fever. Management of the disease focuses on relieving symptoms and supportive care such as staying hydrated and taking pain relievers. Prevention strategies are crucial in managing the spread of this disease since it's transmitted by mosquitoes. These include using insect repellent, wearing protective clothing, ensuring windows and doors have secure screens to keep mosquitoes out, removing standing water where mosquitoes breed from your surroundings among others. In conclusion, while many people recover from dengue virus disease with proper medical care, it can be very serious or even deadly in severe cases especially for those with other health conditions. Therefore it's important to seek medical attention if you suspect you have contracted the virus.
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