Fight Dengue: Clean your Surroundings

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Dengue is one of the most burdening diseases that continuously and intensely needs research to help prevent or at least minimize the cases of dengue patients or victims. From the youngest to the oldest, dengue is not choosing its victims. The following are few helpful and basic tips that anyone can apply in their daily activities to prevent dengue breakout.

Clean surroundings. Cleaning your area including possible hideouts of mosquitoes is vital as this will help minimize the percentage of dengue cases in your area. Stagnant water is just one of many examples that these misquotes thrive in to multiply.

Fog if needed. Fogging is not necessary if there is no or minimal indication of mosquitoes present in the area. There is a protocol before fogging is required. However, this is one of the best alternatives to prevent the spread of dengue.

If you think you have dengue, visit your nearest doctor and have your check-up right away. You may also want to consider natural alternatives like Tawa-Tawa which is known to be effective.

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Dengue vaccine

We all know that there is no known immunity or vaccine against Dengue, but we also know that it is a possibility waiting to become a reality. The CIGB project might just be the answer we are all looking for. In coordination with Mayra Mune, a molecular immunologist  has evaluated the use of recombinant protein found in yeast Pichia pastor. This can be the key in developing a vaccine as it is observed that there is a rise both in neutralizing antibodies against dengue as well as other tropical viruses. If this pursues, the world can say goodbye to one of its serial killers.  

Natural Method of Eliminating Dengue in Vietnam is Promising

Vietnam is one of the countries where the dengue virus is endemic- regularly found among its population- all year round. The situation is so serious that in May this year, it was reported that a mutant form of dengue fever was discovered in the country, responsible for four deaths. Cases of dengue in Vietnam usually peak in the months of July and August, which are hot and rainy- the prime environment for Aedes aegypti- the dengue mosquito, seen below- to thrive in.

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Aedes aegypti feeding” by Muhammad Mahdi Karim (www.micro2macro.net) FacebookOwn work. Licensed under GFDL 1.2 via Wikimedia Commons.

It’s no wonder, then, that the Eliminate Dengue Program has chosen Vietnam as one of its trial locations. The program, an international collaboration between scientists from Australia, Brazil, the USA, and Vietnam, has been researching a specific bacteria, the Wolbachia, which occurs naturally in most insect species, can be introduced into Aedes aegypti populations, effectively eliminating dengue.

It’s a natural solution because it requires no insecticides or genetic modification; the Eliminate Dengue team calls their approach a form of “biological control”:

“We believe that Wolbachia based strategies represent a practical environmentally sensitive approach to dengue suppression with the potential for area-wide implementation at low cost. The method is also compatible with existing control approaches like insecticide application and should also augment the effectiveness of a future vaccine once developed.

“The Wolbachia method also has potential to be used on other insect transmitted diseases. We have demonstrated that Wolbachia infections in mosquitoes reduce their ability to transmit other human viruses such as Chikungunya and yellow fever as well as parasites that cause malaria.” – (Source)

The eradication of such a deadly disease in Vietnam would definitely be a triumph, with much of the developing country still struggling against poverty and hunger, especially for its ethnic minorities and women. The people of Vietnam have been through a difficult and turbulent past, most notably the war and abuse of Vietnam comfort women, with facts of the latter being exposed only very recently.

The latest reports from the team on Vietnam’s Tri Nguyen Island, where the trials are currently ongoing, are positive so far, with results showing that “39% of mosquitos on the island carry the w Mel strain of Wolbachia.”

Advancement on Distinguishing Malaria and Dengue

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Dengue has been a controversial topic from way back and until present. The study on it is constant, which is why scientists, doctors and the government is looking into this matter seriously. It has killed a number of both children and adult, and will continue to infiltrate if the cause is not prevented.

Today, with the help of our latest technology. There are innovative ways on how dengue, if not treated, prevented. One way to discover or decipher malaria and dengue is through the advancement of a software that was put up by doctors in India. This was possibly made because of the difficulty of distinguishing malaria from dengue. The research was led by Manorama Bhargava, chairperson, department of hematology, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi. The software will prevent unnecessary intake of antibiotics. This will save a lot of money, time and effort in both the doctor and the patient’s side.

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