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Laboratory Support

August 25, 2012
Filed under: Research — Nikko @ 4:20 am

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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


Using Weather Data To Predict Outbreaks

June 15, 2012
Filed under: Information — Nikko @ 2:03 pm

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.


Dengue – Deadlier than Ever

April 14, 2012
Filed under: Information,News,Research — Nikko @ 12:48 pm

mosquitoDengue infections have spread all over the world and in most cases, modern hospital management and care manages to get the patient back to normal health. The few who die from the disease are a unique bunch who develop a sort of shock-syndrome to the virus, with their bodies reacting so violently they present symptoms the alternate name of dengue is known, hemorrhagic fever that can result in death. (more…)


The dangers of dengue

February 16, 2012
Filed under: Information,Treatment — editor @ 9:50 am

Dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever (also known as break-bone fever) are acute febrile diseases which may be severe and potentially deadly if not treated immediately. Disease transmission is through the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. Presently, there are four different viruses known to cause dengue hemorrhagic fever to humans.

The dengue patient may experience irritation, restlessness, sweating, severe headache, muscle and joint pains, fever, petechial rash, and ecchymosis.

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There is still no known cure or vaccine for dengue. Treatments available are increase fluid intake and administration of IV fluids and electrolytes to correct electrolyte imbalances and dehydration, oxygen therapy to treat abnormal low blood oxygen, and transfusion of fresh blood or platelets to correct the bleeding problems. Rest is important for dengue patients. For severe headache and joint and muscle pains, Acetaminophen and codeine may be given. Aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs should be avoided to avoid bleeding problems.


Initial patient

December 10, 2011
Filed under: Information,News,Research — editor @ 12:28 am

The first recorded outbreak happened in Australia last 1897. A reoccurrence was noted in 1928 during an epidemic in Greece and again, for the third time, in Taiwan last 1931. The initial outbreak in Australia verified the epidemic there. It was not long before it reached other Asian countries including India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, as well as in Singapore, Cambodia, China, Laos, Malaysia, New Caledonia, Palau, Philippines, Tahiti and Vietnam in the Western Pacific Region. Today, Dengue has most definitely come a long way from being a rare symptom on a foreign land to becoming a common house hold killer among locals evident in almost all Asian nations. 


Dengue alert in Palau

October 10, 2011
Filed under: News — Nikko @ 11:07 pm

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Palau’s Bureau of Public Health has alerted the public that there is a continued increase in the number of confirmed cases of dengue fever. This is after conducting several tests starting May of last year (2007). Results state that the number has reached the double-digit category with 16 new cases reported in the first couple of weeks of February 2008 alone.

Information on preventive measures such as cleaning and maintaining yards to eliminate all actual and potential mosquito breeding sites have been disseminated among residents of the famous vacation spot.

The public has also been encouraged to use insect repellant and wearing of clothing that offers maximum body coverage (long sleeves, pants, socks and shoes) when cleaning around the house.

Source: mvariety


Researchers Put The Bite On Mosquitoes

August 10, 2011
Filed under: News,Research — Nikko @ 12:57 am

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Researchers from The University of Arizona in Tucson have discovered that a particular species of mosquito, the Aedes aegypti (the infamous dengue carrier), has quite a complex metabolic pathway. It requires its members to excrete toxic nitrogen after feasting on human blood. If they do not do this, they also fail to lay eggs which will eventually weaken and kill them.

Neat huh?

The team of researchers composed of leader Roger L. Miesfeld, members Patricia Y. Scaraffia, Guanhong Tan, Jun Isoe, BIO5 member Vicki H. Wysocki, and the late Michael A. Wells will be publishing the results of their study in the January 15 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The group believes that further development of this project, such as finding a way to keep the mosquitoes from excreting nitrogen, will help eradicate the deadly disease

Source: CCNMag


Dengue scare around the globe

June 10, 2011
Filed under: Information — editor @ 2:50 am


Dengue is associated with poorer tropical third world countries. Leaders in Thailand warned his countrymen of the dengue epidemic that took the lives of six Thais and infected 6000 more. the Cambodian government felt it only right to focus on prevention instead of a cure. Cambodia has one of the most numbers of people infected by the Dengue fever. The Dengue prevention organization also believes that educational programs are not prioritized seeing that resources to implement them are not evaluated on a regular basis. , 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. The World Health Organization stated that since 1998, infectious and parasitic diseases killed one-third of all deaths in the world in 1997.


Symptoms of dengue

April 10, 2011
Filed under: Symptoms — Nikko @ 3:26 am
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Image from All Refer Health

It would be quite funny to automatically check yourself after a mosquito bite for signs of dengue fever, but it does pay to know its symptoms. The signs of dengue fever may only start to show three to fifteen days after being bitten. The patient will experience chills, and headache. There would also be pain upon moving the eyes, the lower back, and joints. Temperature due to fever can rise up to 104� F (40� C). Heart rate and blood pressure becomes low. Eyes redden and a pink rash appears then disappears over the face. Lymph nodes are also swollen. If any of these signs strike, it is best to check into a hospital immediately.

Source: MedicineNet


Vaccine for dengue

February 10, 2011
Filed under: Cure,News,Vaccine — Nikko @ 3:24 am
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There may be hope for dengue cure after all. Unfortunately, we all still have to wait a few more years � well, until 2012. That�s how long until the vaccine Tetravalent, manufactured by drug company Sanofi will be ready to be submitted for approval.

According to reports of the drug trial conducted in the United States, the vaccine was found to be 100% effective against all four serotypes of the virus that are responsible for the deadly dengue fever. Sanofi plans also to do clinical trials of said vaccine in Asia and Latin America. Now isn�t this good news?

Source: News Medical


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