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WAYS to cope with dengue FEVER

Updated on September 10, 2013

DENGUE FEVER: CAUSES AND PREVENTION

Dengue is a fever associated with mosquito bites. It is present when such symptoms as headache, chills, headache, and pain behind the eyes, extreme aching in her joints, and a high fever, a red rash and a complete or total exhaustion.

Dengue is a virus carried in the salivary gland of an infected mosquito. It is also known as break bone fever. The disease is dangerous because it has four types. When an infected mosquito carrying another type of Dengue virus bites a person it may result in dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF).

Dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) is life-threatening because of the nature of the disease. Many may mistake it for ordinary flu or fever thus giving it more room to attack. In many Asian countries like Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia, it has been reported of the high risk posed by dengue. The fatality rate is quite high, which leaves the region in danger.

World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the disease threatens about 2.5 billion people worldwide. This is mainly attributed to the not-too-impressive posture of affected regions. The lack of interest and laxity in programs meant to control the mosquito that carries the virus has hit the rocks. Statistics reveals that “Over 100 tropical and sub-tropical countries have reported dengue outbreaks, and there are tens of millions of reported cases each year, with 95% of the infected being children”.

This is quite serious because it kills faster than other diseases. When undetected early it can result in circulatory failure and if left unattended may result in death. WHO estimates that yearly, 500,000 cases of DHF require hospitalization.

Fighting back

The best way to fight against dengue is to take appropriate preventive measures. Since dengue is carried by Aedes aegypti mosquito, it is necessary to discard any breeding accommodation for mosquitoes. The first step would be to discard all empty cans, tires and bottles that would be of a breeding site for mosquitoes.

Also, it is appropriate to get a good mosquito net, clean up surrounding and visit a good doctor for proper action. Appropriate steps will go a long way in controlling this menace and if possible, future vaccines will help in eradicating dengue for good.

Symptoms of both dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF)

· Sudden high fever

· Severe headache

· Pain behind the eyes

· Joint and muscle pain

· Swelling of lymph nodes

· Rash

· Exhaustion

Symptoms more specific for DHF

· Sudden collapse

· Skin hemorrhaging

· Generalized bleeding

· Cold, clammy skin

· Restlessness

· Shock with weak pulse (dengue shock syndrome)


What remedies do you know is effective for the treatment of dengue? Have you ever had symptoms listed above? If yes, what steps did you take in this regard? Your kind feedback is appreciated

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    • ubanichijioke profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      6 years ago from Lagos

      Thanks Hugh, am happy you re benefitted. Be blessed

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      Chris Hugh 

      6 years ago

      What an interesting post. It's so broadening to learn about other parts of the world. Thank you.

    • ubanichijioke profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      6 years ago from Lagos

      Thanks iguidenetwork for your insightful comment. Be blessed

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      iguidenetwork 

      6 years ago from Austin, TX

      Very informative hub! Dengue fever is really a serious problem these days.

    • ubanichijioke profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      7 years ago from Lagos

      Well said dear Anaya. Information leads to transformation. To be informed, is to be armed. Great words. Thanks for your awesome comment. Be forever blessed

    • Anaya M. Baker profile image

      Anaya M. Baker 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Important information! While I'd heard of dengue fever before, I really didn't know much about it. Even for people who live in an area that isn't really affected, its still good to be aware of symptoms and treatment when traveling!

    • ubanichijioke profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      7 years ago from Lagos

      Amen! I hope you will take the precautionary measures to stop this deadly menace. Peace to you my dear ladyjojo.

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      ladyjojo 

      7 years ago

      Very interesting Hub! DENGUE seems to be present now in my country especially during rainy season

      its unbelievable what these little mosquitos can do to us.

      May God keep that deadly sickness away from me ;)

    • ubanichijioke profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      7 years ago from Lagos

      Thanks so much asmaifitkhar, i am happy you found this piece useful. I hope the information helps you fight this disease. Be blessed

      my dear Abhimanyu, my heart is filled with joy knowing that you got something useful from this piece. As they say, information leads to transformation. An informed mind is an asset to the society. Am thrilled that you re indeed benefitted. Be blessed Sir. Lots of love

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      Abhimanyu Singh Baghel 

      7 years ago from Satna, Madhya Pradesh (India)

      very well written. You've done a great job sir by sharing this hub. here in India, a few years ago, there were outbreaks of dengue and 'CHIKENGUNIA', a disease similar to dengue, and even more dangerous. A lot of people died because of these disease just because of lack of awareness and proper medical facilities.

      Thanks for sharing with us. Thumbs up and useful. :)

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      asmaiftikhar 

      7 years ago from Pakistan

      Dear ubeanichiijoke that is really a wonderful and informative article here, i would like to mention that Pakistanis are facing the problem of dengi fever.your article is very use ful in this situation.thanks a lot.

    • ubanichijioke profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      7 years ago from Lagos

      Awesome as always, you are so sweet Lyns. Am so glad to be your friend. Your comment(s) always warm my heart. You re most adored. Be blessed.

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      lyns 

      7 years ago from USA

      Wow, I never heard of this disease before from mosquito's, thanks for the well written report on these mosquito I reside in the valley in California and we get a great deal of mosquito's didn't know they could be so dangerous, thanks, I gave interesting and 3 others very good

    • ubanichijioke profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      7 years ago from Lagos

      Dear Dinesh, actually size doesn't matter just as you opined. Keeping a clean environment will surely play a vital role in the eradication and elimination of mOSQUITOES. I hope people out there use this method and other methods. You re so much blessed.

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      VENZKHVAM 

      7 years ago from Milk way galaxy, trying to find a more adventurous place in another galaxy with my great followers

      Dear friend,

      Can any one believe a small mosquito can kill a human being. So what it implies "size doesn't matter".

      hahaha

      coming seriously into the topic the ultimate way to escape this guys is to keep ultramodern cleanliness surrounding your stay and play.

      if those precautions are taken majority of this mosquito friends will go to some other galaxy to search for blood and became blood sucking vampires.

      I was really thinking about all those places where we have educated many peoples hence I enjoyed reading this and thanks for sharing with us. you had given pretty good solutions too. MY AT LEAST ONE BENEFITS FROM THIS YOUR HUBS IS BLESSED.

      I had voted this up and USEFUL.

      with warm regards

      Dinesh Nair.

    • ubanichijioke profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      7 years ago from Lagos

      Thanks frank, we learn everyday. I have learnt many things here since i joined HP and am glad i did. Thanks for the encouraging comment. You re wonderful!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      7 years ago from Shelton

      Thanks for the information.. but honestly, I never heard of Dengue fever until your article.. FRank

    • ubanichijioke profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      7 years ago from Lagos

      I am so happy this hub benefitted you. I hope it benefits others too. May you continue to be blessed

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      Admiral_Joraxx 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      Great useful hub ubanichijioke, articles like this are very needed in my home country[Philippines] today as dengue outbreaks has been declared in many provinces. Thanks for spending time and effort on coming up with this hub.I'll share this with everyone I know. Voted up! and useful.

    • ubanichijioke profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      7 years ago from Lagos

      Dear Eiddwen, i am thrilled having your input grace this piece. I am happy you re benefitted. Always be blessed

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      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      Hi a great hub which I am sure many will benefit from.

      Thank you for sharing and I vote up without a doubt.

      Take care

      Eiddwen

    • ubanichijioke profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      7 years ago from Lagos

      I should be grateful to you Ashantina cos you re a cute, loving, sweet soul. A lovely woman so adorable. Be blessed. Have fun

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      Ashantina 

      7 years ago

      I have learned something new today! Thank you for sharing :) and your mail is much appreciated.

      Take care.

    • ubanichijioke profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      7 years ago from Lagos

      Am glad you found it helpful and beneficial. I hope you re having a good time on HP. Take good care

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      Binaya.Ghimire 

      7 years ago

      Dengue is very common in this part of the world. I have shared this hub with my non-hubber friends. Great stuff.

    • ubanichijioke profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      7 years ago from Lagos

      Jacqui, your sincere word of encouragement has awaken the inspirational mind in me and it is saying 'thank you' so much. A great writer like you is always a hubber's delight. Thanks

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      jacqui2011 

      7 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      Great hub and some good information which has clearly been well researched. Many thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.

    • ubanichijioke profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      7 years ago from Lagos

      Thank God you re ok. Mosquito bite can be deadly if left untreated. Thanks for sharing your experience. Take good care of yourself.

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      Annie 

      7 years ago from NewYork

      no problem . I remember once getting a mosquito bite,

      that swoll my leg all round my knee, I had to go to the emergency for treatment, I couldn't believe that a small mosquito could have cause so much problem

      once again nice post.

    • ubanichijioke profile imageAUTHOR

      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      7 years ago from Lagos

      @darknlovely, your kind remark just uplifted my soul. Thank you

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      Annie 

      7 years ago from NewYork

      nice post

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