Utah Valley Global Health Group

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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.

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2 Responses to “Dengue Fever by Tuni Rose”

  1. chads said

    Thanks for posting, Tuni. Contracting a disease yourself sure does give you a new appreciation for what others go through!

  2. Jennika Farley said

    Tuni, that was a very interesting post! I have a sister who just recently returned from the Dominican Rebublic, and she too contracted Dengue Fever. I could imagine that preventative methods are hard to come by as I believe the mosquitoes which spread Dengue are day-time biters. Day-time biting mosquitoes are very difficult to control when compared to those that bite at night (like the ones that spread malaria) and you can usually protect yourself pretty effectively with an insecticide treated bed net. It will be interesting to see what happens as far as intervention goes in years to come!

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