Dengue Fever by Tuni Rose
Posted by benjamincrookston on April 8, 2008
Dengue fever is something I learned about a few years ago before traveling to Asia. After experiencing high fevers, body ache, and other symptoms of it I became increasingly aware of the problem it creates around the globe. In the last few weeks an outbreak of dengue fever was announced in Rio de Janeiro Brazil where more than 55,000 people contracted the virus leaving over 60 people dead. There is no known cure or vaccine for any of the four different types of dengue. It is possible to contract each different type over a single lifespan and create a tolerance for each. However the dengue hemorrhagic fever can be fatal.
I hope that in the years to come preventative methods will spread throughout the world to reduce the effectiveness of this disease. It will require the cooperation of government, health, and public officials to meet the needs of their people.