CCHF or DHF????
Assalaam o Alaikum Karachi,
DHF.. or CCHF… or DHF.. no… just some hemorrhagic fever.. But hemorrhagic fever…!! I was completely confused whats going on in my city… its nothing to Panic about.. but we should be knowing whats the EXACT thing we are facing, so that we can fight against it and take the precautionary steps.
While everyones focusing on CCHF and its preventions… I was receiving mails related to DHF [Btw, DHF is Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever!!] instead and after reading the article in dawn, Prevention only solution to Viral Fever in which the author has mentioned that DHF was diagnosed instead of CCHF in some patients , I thought its better that we know about EVERYTHING..
Dengue/Hemorrhagic fever (CONGO Virus) and Preventions:
* Dengue [DEN-ghee] is a flu-like viral disease spread by the bite of
infected mosquitoes. Dengue hemorrhagic fever is a severe, often fatal,
complication of dengue.
* There is no specific treatment for dengue.
* Prevention centers on avoiding mosquito bites in areas where dengue
occurs or might occur and eliminating breeding sites.
Where is dengue found?
The mosquitoes that transmit dengue live among humans and breed in
discarded tires, flower pots, old oil drums, and water storage containers
close to human dwellings. Unlike the mosquitoes that cause malaria, dengue
mosquitoes bite during the day.
What are the signs and symptoms of dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic
Dengue fever usually starts suddenly with a high fever, rash, severe
headache, pain behind the eyes, and muscle and joint pain. The severity of
the joint pain has given dengue the name “break bone fever.” Nausea,
vomiting, and loss of appetite are common. A rash usually appears 3 to 4
days after the start of the fever. The illness can last up to 10 days, but
complete recovery can take as long as a month. Older children and adults
are usually sicker than young children.
Most dengue infections result in relatively mild illness, but some can
progress to dengue hemorrhagic fever. With dengue hemorrhagic fever, the
blood vessels start to leak and cause bleeding from the nose, mouth, and
gums. Bruising can be a sign of bleeding inside the body. Without prompt
treatment, the blood vessels can collapse, causing shock (dengue shock
syndrome). Dengue hemorrhagic fever is fatal in about 5 percent of cases,
mostly among children and young adults.
How can dengue be prevented?
There is no vaccine to prevent dengue. Prevention centers on avoiding
mosquito bites when traveling to areas where dengue occurs.
* Use mosquito repellents on skin and clothing.
* When outdoors during times that mosquitoes are biting, wear long-sleeved
shirts and long pants tucked into socks.
* Avoid heavily populated residential areas.
* When indoors, stay in air-conditioned or screened areas. Use bed nets if
sleeping areas are not screened or air-conditioned.
* If you have symptoms of dengue, report your travel history to your
Whether it be DHF or CCHF.. its still hemorrhagic fever …. and its dangerously dangerous that we already know. We can still take the precautions, and pray to Allah that He keeps us safe and in His amaan. Ameen.
Fi Aman Allah.