April 15, 2013
In some really shocking news, it was said that the scientist have underestimated the cases of dengue that hit people each year. There are more than 400 million cases of dengue but the reports only show one fourth of that number.
Dengue fever is widespread and popular in tropical countries but it seems like it is also beginning to invade countries like Russia, USA and Portugal. This is why the statistics have doubled over time. This is why the real numbers should be released to let people know that there is a cause for worry. Dengue fever is a disease that can be fatal, it should be taken seriously. People should be educated about it and taught of different ways to avoid it.
Dengue is now also popular in overcrowded cities in developing countries which mean that there’s a higher risks of more people getting infected with the virus. If more people are aware of the severity of the situation then work can be done to avoid it.
February 20, 2013
Mosquitoes breeding ground multiplies with intermittent rain. And when that happens, people will be at risk of getting dengue fever. This is exactly the case in Coimbatore. The Department of Public Health in Coimbatore has already issued a red flag after the recent heavy rain that took place in the district. But they said there is still no need to worry too much. The red alert was done only to raise awareness and ask people in the are to be extra careful and take precautions. ”The red alert is only a warning to be careful. There is nothing to fear as active dengue control and prevention methods in Coimbatore has yielded successful results with zero percent mortality in dengue cases,” this was the statement of Dr.R Dhamodaran from the department of health. There has already been a total of 406 reported cases of dengue last year but no deaths. Whenever a case was reported, a team with medical personnel visits the area and carries out fogging. They take this matter quite seriously and make sure to do all they can to prevent it from happening.
January 11, 2013
The stunning Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan planned to attend the Miss America Pageant 2013 in Las Vegas but had to cancel last minute because she unfortunately caught the dengue fever. The 19 year old beauty queen contracted the disease while spending time in Haiti over the Christmas holidays for her volunteer work at an orphanage. The youngest to win the Miss America crown in more than 70 years said that an hour before she was to go to the airport to fly for the pageant that she was helping to host, she went to Urgent Care and found out she has dengue.
Dengue fever is a virus caused by Aeden infected mosquitoes. It is transmitted to humans after getting bitten. Up to this day, there is no specific treatment for it but a full recovery is possible. It can last from 2 to 7 days and the patient is expected to suffer with high fever, headache, pain behind the eyes, and muscle pains.
December 15, 2012
Phuket is clearly doing it right. In a battle to raise awareness about the deadly disease dengue, the students of Tessaban Baan Samkong school beat the drum and marched to the streets of Phuket. The kids were holding signs that states how to prevent the disease. Though the record of dengue cases rose from 225 to 344 this 2012, there was only one death this year compared to two people last year. Chief of Phuket public health Doctor Bancha Kakong approved of the public march. She said that Phuket is trying very hard to fend off dengue. It is always helpful to raise more awareness to get the people to always be extra careful.
People are encouraged to always clean their houses. The local council also regularly sprays for mosquitoes. It is also helpful if people use repellent lotion or sprays all the time. It’s also advised that if a person has fever, it is much better to go see a doctor than buy medicine at the pharmacy.
December 10, 2012
Dengue (DF) and dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) are infections found in humid and sub tropical countries or areas. A cycle is maintained involving humans and the Aedes mosquito with four different dengue serotypes. The virus is caused by one of four closely related of the genus Flavivirus. Disease with one of these serotypes presents protection to only that of serotype for life. Persons who live within the dengue-endemic area can have in excess of dengue infection throughout their existence or lifetime. These infections are producing a spectrum of clinical illness ranging from a nonspecific viral syndrome to ruthless and fatal hemorrhagic disease.
November 17, 2012
In Bokaro India, A three-member team of the Indian Council of Medical Research assessed the situation of the recent dengue outbreak. A total number of four people has already died in the past four months and a high number of 132 are affected with this disease. This has been the highest record in this town. Research scientist visited the Hospital in Bokaro and met with the patients. He said “The activity related to prevention was conducted effectively by the health department staff. To create awareness about the disease, the health staff distributed pamphlets and made announcement on loud speakers in the area and residents are following those instructions properly. However, stagnant water was found at various nooks and corners of the town. Chemicals were sprayed at mosquito-breeding sites besides fogging,” This should be one way to help India fight this disease, being a fairly poor country with little resources, it should start with educating people.
October 30, 2012
During the 1960s, Dengue casualties were reduced significantly with the advent of vaccines and anti-biotic along with deadly viruses such as smallpox, poliomyelitis, and acute rheumatic fever. But Dengue is more than just a seasonal disease, as opposed to the others mentioned above. It is a killer spurned by poverty, social exclusion, health systems, environments, food security, water and sanitation. To win against it, proper education is very important. To truly win against the disease, public health vigilance in terms of modern structures will be needed. This will include disease monitoring, disease prevention, communication, and financial supports are all needed.
October 29, 2012
The dengue fever outbreak is causing everyone to feel extra paranoid that it will somehow land in their area. Recently, dengue fever affected Medeira Island off the coast of Portugal. Naturally, Europeans started worrying however, according to a parasitology professor in Lisbon There is no risk to European residents and there is no need to be alarmed. He does note that mainland Portugal is at risk.
Dengue fever is a viral disease caused by mosquitoes. Mostly these mosquitoes can be found in tropic and subtropic regions like South East Asia, South and Central America, Sub Saharan Africa and some parts of the Caribbean. The symptoms are high fever, nausea, swollen lymph nodes, headache and a red rash may appear a few days after the person gets fever. This is not something to take lightly so when you first get signs, go to the hospital and get tested. There is no specific treatment for dengue but it is necessary to be diagnosed immediately.
August 25, 2012
Since thrombocytopenia and haemoconcentration are indispensable analytical criteria for the verification of cases of DHF/DSS, it is incredibly significant that hospital laboratories are properly prepared to carry out sequential haematocrits and platelet counts, both at slightest daily. It should be respected that when all of the selected medical measures, as well as these two, are not confirmed, suspected cases of DHF/DSS cannot be classified as long-established. It is tremendously significant that relevant information on the epidemiology of dengue fever; the clinical analysis and management of all forms of the disease; and suitable vector control events be conversed to all the pertinent stakeholders in proportion, non-alarming messages which will help public health action, produce neighborhood contribution, etc
June 15, 2012
Weather has been identified as the main culprit for the spread of the tropical disease dengue fever which used to be restricted to areas in the tropics. Using weather data, one of the most recorded and studied natural phenomenon to predict outbreaks in the future has been seen to be one of the most effective ways to base predictions for as we know, the earth is under the spell of global warming. Like today’s recent weather, the ice caps in the poles are melting and areas that used to be ice-locked are now seeing sub-tropical weather thanks to erratic weather patterns. These weather patterns, though erratic can be predicted and using some of the most-powerful computers to run simulations it may be possible to make accurate predictions on where the disease is more likely to hit next.