Dengue Haemorrhage Fever

Because of the intense rains this summer, the entire city was flooded with rain water most of which soon turned stagnant and a breeding haven for mosquitoes. As a result cases of Dengue Haemorrhage Fever (DHF) have been reported. Two people have already died and more patients are are being treated in various hospitals.

DHF is a mosquito borne infection found in tropical and sub tropical regions. This virus is transmitted through the bite of a female mosquito. DHF is a deadly complication of Dengue Fever and is characterized by high fever and flu like conditions that continues for anywhere between two to seven days. In severe cases a patient’s condition deteriorates after the fever subsides and may die within 24 hours.

Since this is a mosquito infected virus, none of us are completely safe. The only personal preventive measure we have is to apply mosquito repellants, cover exposed skin, avoid areas that have stagnant water and keep stored water covered.

2 Comments so far

  1. Zaki (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 2:34 pm

    Dengue fever was quite a problem in Singapore 6 months ago and a few cases were reported. The government though, efficient as usual, took quick steps to avoid an outbreak. The laid out some steps every citizen was advised to take to keep their homes Dengue free. These are given at this link, which is a good read for all karachites (see box on left of the page):

  2. Zaki (unregistered) on September 30th, 2006 @ 2:37 pm

    Here’s an even more comprehensive link:

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