Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Dengue Fever: The Silent Killer:

Dengue Fever is a viral infectious disease which is transmitted by a special type of mosquito known as “Aedes Aegypti.” This type of virus attacks blood cell, spleen, liver and results into low white blood cell count and reduces blood clotting components known as Platelets.

The most common symptoms of dengue fever include loss of appetite, body ache, fatigue, high fever with headache, abdominal pain with nausea and vomiting, dry cough and slightly sore throat.
The worst case of Dengue was observed in October, 2013 in India, where 433 cases of Dengue were confirmed in the first three days of October. K.K Agarwal, a senior physician at Moolchand Hospital expressed his view on this calamatic situation in the following words: “With a wet October predicted, the capital is facing its worst dengue outbreak in over a decade.”
The dengue fever lasts for around 10-15 days. Several safety measures should be taken in this case. Paracetamol should be given to the dengue affected patients in order to control high fever. The use of antibiotic should be avoided because it further decreases the platelets and blood cell count. To prevent mosquito bites, wear long pants and long sleeves. Mosquito Repellant Sprays should be used in areas where dengue is endemic. Regular blood tests should be conducted to monitor the platelet and blood cell count. If the high fever lasts for long without any specific source of infection, the patient should be immediately taken to the hospital.

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