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  • Possible New Therapeutic Strategy for Severe Dengue Disease

    Nafamostat mesylate, a tryptase inhibitor, can treat severe dengue disease, according to the team of researchers from Duke-NUS Medical School.The dengue virus infects about 390 million people globally each year, causing substantial morbidity and mortality. While most patients experience dengue fever or a mild form of the disease, a small percentage develops dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF), the more severe occurrence of dengue wherein blood 'leaks' from ruptured blood vessels.This can lead ...

  • Zero Dengue Death Target in Delhi: Kejriwal

    Delhi government announced it would launch a campaign to fight dengue and chikungunya in the national capital as it aims to have zero deaths owing to vector-borne diseases this season.Making the announcement, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged people to give 10 minutes every Sunday towards curbing mosquito breeding in their homes.He said for 10 Sundays between September 1 and November 15 the peak season for the diseases he will check his own home at 10 a.m. for 10 minutes to ensure ...

  • Scientists Analyze People's Initial Immune Response to Dengue Fever

    Natural killer cells were found to be active shortly after dengue virus infection, saidKarolinska Institutet and Duke-NUS Medical School researchers. The findings of the study are published in Nature Communications.Researchers have come one step closer to understanding how our immune system responds to acute dengue fever, a disease that has affected hundreds of thousands of people in Southeast Asia this summer alone.Dengue virus is common in tropical and sub-tropical regions ...

  • Sri Lanka: Dengue Kills 62, Infects Over 42000

    Across Sri Lanka in the first eight months of this year, sixty-two people have died and over 42,000 were infected by the dengue virus, stated health officials.The Epidemiology Unit said it had identified five high risk districts including Colombo, Gampaha, Galle, Kalutara and Ratnapura.Medical experts have urged people to seek immediate medical attention if they suffer from high fever, uncontrolled vomiting, abdominal pain, dizziness and reduced urinary."All fever patients need ...

  • Dengue Outbreak in Bangladesh Hits the 80,000 Mark

    Nearly 9,470 cases of dengue were reported in Bangladesh, bringing the total number of confirmed cases of dengue since January to over 80,000.The figures, reported by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) under the Ministry of Health on Saturday, showed that a total of 77,368 dengue patients returned home after receiving treatment from various hospitals across the country from January 1 to September 15 this year. A total of 527 fresh dengue cases including 156 in Dhaka were reported in the 24 hours till 8....

  • Dengue Death Toll Ups to 68 in Bangladesh

    In Bangladesh, the government has confirmed dengue death tolls to 68 since January, reported the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).According to the latest figure reported by the DGHS under the Ministry of Health, the deaths included two in April, six in June, 32 in July and 28 in August, Xinhua news agency reported.A total of 653 fresh dengue cases, including 193 in Dhaka were reported in the 24 hours till 8 a.m. (local time) on Monday, showed the DGHS data.It said 10,742 ...

  • Watch Out: Anemia can Spread Deadly Dengue Virus

    bHighlights/b:ul class="group-list punch-points"liDengue virus transmission is more likely whenmosquitoes feed on the blood of infected persons who are anemic and irondeficient/liliWhen mosquitoes bite and feed on the blood of a denguevirus infected person who is rich in iron, the gut cells of the mosquitotake up the ingested iron to produce reactive oxygen. This reactive oxygenkills the dengue virus within the mosquito and prevents further transmission/liliDengue ...

  • Patna: Fear of Dengue Outbreak in Waterlogged Areas

    In waterlogged Patna with 640 patients being tested positive mostly in the last four days, fear of a dengue outbreak is looming large, revealed sources. Unofficially, however, the number of dengue patients may be as high as 800.What worries health officials is the stagnant, stinking water that still remains a problem in the bposh residential localities of Rajendra Nagar, Patliputra and Gola Road following so many days of heavy rain. Many areas, however, are now free of waterlogging.Bihar Health ...

  • Challenges Associated With Immune Response Promoting Dengue Studied

    New details about the human immune response to dengue infection have been found. With this, the researchers will be able to understand the evaluation of dengue vaccine formulations better and assist with advancing safe and effective candidate vaccines.About 40 percent of the global population is at risk for contracting dengue - the most important mosquito-borne viral infection and a close "cousin" of the Zika virus - and yet, no effective treatment or safe licensed vaccine exists. But a new ...

  • Dengue Kills 15 People, Puts 15,000 on Danger List

    Fifteen people have died, and more than 15,000 is infectedby dengue virus across Sri Lanka in the first four months of this year, reports the Epidemiology Unit.Till April 30, a total of 15,407 dengue cases were reported with the highest number of cases reported from the Colombo district with 3,405 cases, followed by Gampaha in the outskirts of Colombo with 2,007 cases and Jaffna in the north with 1,783 cases, Xinhua news agency reported.Medical experts urged people to seek immediate medical ...

  • FDA Approved First Dengue Vaccine With Some Restrictions

    Dengvaxia, the first vaccine for dengue was approved in 19 countries and European Union by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent dengue among patients aged 9-16 years living in endemic areas who had previous laboratory-confirmed dengue infection.It is a live inactivated vaccine given via injection. Two more injections follow the first dose after 6 and 12 months.The vaccine was found effective in 76% individuals among 35000 living in endemic areas with previous dengue infection aged 9 to 16 years....

  • Highly Curious Dengue Case

    18-year old Gandham Kiran diagnosed with jaundice and dengue had been declared brain dead by doctors, his mother's constant prayers brought him back to life, said doctors.Following the declaration by doctors that there was no further hope of reviving Kiran, he was taken off the ventilator, and transported wearing an oxygen mask in an ambulance back to his home in Pillalamarri village of Telangana's Suryapet district on July 3.As Kiran's family had been informed that he will breathe his ...

  • Spurt in Dengue Cases in Karnataka Due to Scanty Rainfall

    Sporadic rain had caused a spurt in dengue cases in Karnataka. According to the doctors, the number of dengue cases in the state is going up and so far, 3,785 cases have been reported.With 2,257 cases in Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) area and 255 positive cases in Dakshina Kannada district have been reported. A high number of cases have also been reported in Hassan, Kalaburagi, and Shivamogga districts.These regions receive heavy rainfall during July every year. However, as a result ...

  • Bangladesh Struggles to Contain Worst-ever Dengue Outbreak

    Over 1,000 people in Bangladesh, the majority of whom are kids, have been diagnosed with dengue in the last 24 hours, amid the country's worst outbreak on record, reports a senior health ministry official.While over 50 districts across the country had been affected, Dhaka, the national capital, home to more than 20 million people, was the worst-hit city with hospitals struggling to find space for patients, reports said.Dengue is mostly caused by Aedes aegypti mosquito. "Aedes albopictus mosquito can also cause dengue," Dr....

  • Dengue Claims 47 Lives, Infects More Than 200,000 People in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka dengue outbreak kills nearly 47 people and infects more than 200,000 people. Therefore, taking urgent preventive measures to control this deadly mosquito-borne viral disease can save millions of lives.Forty-seven people died, and over 200,000 were infected by the dengue virus across Sri Lanka in the first seven months this year, government figures revealed on Monday.Till the end of July, a total of 234,078 dengue cases were reported, with the highest number of cases reported from ...

  • Philippines Declares National Dengue Epidemic as Deaths Surge

    Dengue cases and deaths continue to surge in the Philippines, prompting the health department to declare the country's dengue outbreak a national epidemic.At least 146,000 cases were recorded from January to July 20, a 98 per cent increase on the same period last year, according to the Health Department.The epidemic has been declared so that officials can identify areas in need of emergency attention, the BBC reported."It is important that a national epidemic be declared in these ...

  • Dengue Kills Nearly 124 People in Central America: UN

    Around 124 people have died of Dengue in Central America among the nearly 127,000 cases, report the authorities in Central America."Children and adolescents are the most affected," OCHA said. "In Honduras, children under 15 represent two-thirds of confirmed deaths."The United Nations and humanitarian organizations are supporting government-led responses in Central America with medical supplies and equipment; community vector control and surveillance; door-to-door awareness campaigns ...

  • Recent Outbreak of Dengue across Bangladesh

    The current outbreak of dengue is spreading fast to the outlying districts paralleling with the people traveling from Dhaka to the different districts on the eve of Eid.At least 12,000 dengue patients have been hospitalised across Bangladesh between August 12 and 18, health officials said on Monday.Over the last one week, hospitals outside Dhaka were receiving more dengue patients than those in the capital, The Daily Star newspaper reported.In 24 hours as of 8 p.m. on Sunday, 972 dengue ...

  • Florida: 3 New Dengue Cases Confirmed

    Three new cases of locally transmitted dengue had been confirmed in the Miami-Dade County, taking the total number to eight this year, said health authorities in the US state of Florida.In a statement on Friday, Florida''s Health Department said of the three cases, two "appear to be related", reports Efe news.The authorities had confirmed five such cases last month which led to the Department to alert people on taking measures to protect themselves from the mosquitoes that transmit dengue....

  • Dengue Outbreak Cases in UP; Principal Secretary Among Infected

    Nearly 433 people have been confirmed to be affected by dengue since January including Navneet Sehgal, principal secretary, Khadi Gram Udyog.Sehgal has been diagnosed with the vector-borne disease and is undergoing treatment at the King George's Medical University (KGMU).Chief medical superintendent, KGMU, SN Shankhawar, said, "On Thursday night, the principal secretary's health deteriorated. At the same time, his platelets were counted 10,000. For this reason, he has been admitted to the respiratory intensive care unit....