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05 Nov 2015

All you should know about Dengue

With around 2000 fresh dengue cases in Delhi in the last one-week, it is high time that we learn some handy information about this deadly disease. Dengue is a viral infection that is transmitted by the bite of an infected female Aedes mosquito. There are four distinct serotypes of the virus that spread dengue. (DEN 1, DEN 2, DEN 3 and DEN 4). 

How dengue spreads

Only female mosquitoes bite human, as they need proteins to develop eggs. The Aedes mosquito can lay up to 100 eggs at a time and it can lay eggs three times in its life span. Life span of Aedes Mosquito is about two weeks.

Symptoms of dengue

Symptoms, which usually begin four to six days after infection and last for up to 10 days, may include:

  • High fever
  • Severe headaches
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Severe joint and muscle pain
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Skin rash
  • Chills
  • Low blood pressure and heart rate
  • Nose and gum bleeding
  • Loss of appetite

Causes of dengue

        The mosquito carrying Dengue Virus bites us and through the biting Dengue virus enters the skin with mosquito’s Saliva and enters WBC (white blood cells). They reproduce at a faster rate and move throughout the body with blood. Unlike the myth dengue is barely a contagious disease.

Risk factors in dengue

Factors that put you at greater risk of developing dengue fever or a more severe form of the disease include:

  • Living or traveling in tropical areas. Being in tropical and subtropical areas increases your risk of exposure to the virus that causes dengue fever. Especially high-risk areas are Southeast Asia, the western Pacific islands, Latin America and the Caribbean.


  • Prior infection with a dengue fever virus. Previous infection with a dengue fever virus increases your risk of having severe symptoms if you're infected again.

Prevention is better than cure

As there are no injections or vaccines available to cure dengue, prevention by following certain basic steps will be the most effective way to fight against the dreadful disease. Some of the ways to prevent the onset of dengue are stated as follows:

  • Spend at least 10 minutes during the weekends to search and destroy Aedes breeding grounds.
  • Throw away containers that can collect water.
  • Ensure water tanks or rain water collection bins are covered.
  • Use mosquito coils, plug-in mosquito repellent devices or sprays.
  • Ensure the windows and doors always closed.
  • Ensure water collected in flowerpots or water collection bins are emptied once at least once a week.
  • Apply mosquito repellent cream on exposed parts of the body.
  • Ensure a proper roof drainage system.
  • Wear light colored clothes while spending time outside.
  • Include fish in ponds to reduce Aedes mosquito larvae.
  • Avoid strong perfumes, as mosquitoes are drawn towards strong body odours.


Diet tips to get over dengue

Papaya Leaves: Papaya leaves are widely known as being a natural cure for dengue fever. The leaves can be crushed and then strained with a cloth to drink the pure juice.

Neem Leaves: Neem leaves are commonly prescribed for a variety of ailments, and dengue fever is no exception. Steeping neem leaves and then drinking the subsequent brew has been shown to increase both blood platelet count and white blood cell count, two of the most dangerous side effects of the virus.

Orange Juice: The rich mixture of antioxidants and vitamins found in orange juice make it ideal for treating the secondary symptoms of dengue fever and eliminating the virus.

Water: Drink as much water as possible to keep the body hydrated, which will also help to ease symptoms like headaches and muscle cramps, both of which are exacerbated by dehydration. 

Coriander Leaves: The leaves of the coriander can be taken in the form of a tonic to reduce the fevers in dengue.

Papaya Juice: Papaya juice is a natural cure for dengue fever. The juice of Papaya leaf is a sure cure for platelet deficiency.

Pomegranate juice: To increase the blood count pomegranate juice/ black grape juice should be given.













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