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This is the season of the dreaded disease dengue. A low-down on the symptoms & cure
What is dengue?
It is a disease that occurs when an Aedes mosquito carrying the arbovirus bites a person. The mosquito bites during the day time
High fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, rashes similar to measles, gum bleeding, abdominal pain and sleepiness are common symptoms of dengue
Inside the human system
After entering the human body, the arbovirus multiplies and enter the blood vessels.The vessels swell and leak. Patches of liver tissue dies. As a result, platelets responsible for blood clotting are used up faster.
What happens if platelet count falls?
Platelets help clot bleeding in the the human body. A person’s body has a platelet count anywhere between 1.5 and 4 lakhs. In case of dengue, it can even fall to 10,000, resulting in continuous bleeding and risk of dying. Platelets transfusion becomes necessary in that case. Else it can be life threatening.
Figures say it all
In 2013, maximum no. of dengue cases were reported at 75,808 nationally. In 2014, it stood at 40,571
So far 5,874 cases have been noticed in first half of the year. Previous years’ data paint a grim picture
2009 15,535 cases
2010 28,292 cases
2011 18,860 cases
2012 50,222 cases
Source: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
According to the research carried out between 2009 and 2012 by American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the official figures of dengue are an underestimation
5.8 mn Indians suffer from dengue every year
$1.1 bn Cost of fighting every year in India
There is no vaccine developed for treating this illness. The patient has to drink lots of fluids; use of mosquito repellents and draining out any standing water is advised. Generally, the illness subsides with pain-and fever-relief medicines