Dengue – Save thy self

When the first line of a news report reads “The National Institute of Health has so far processed 118 samples of suspected dengue fever and found 65 of them positive (45 of which are from karachi)” a chill goes down my spine!

photo1.gifAre we that susceptible to one virus? The answer, sadly, seems yes all the way. Karachiites have a history of surviving many viral infections year round, to the point that we now almost wait for our turn, but when a viral infection results in death… is wait only what we can do?

“So far 18 deaths have been reported in the current spell due to the disease with a case fatality rate of 2.1 per cent” God save their souls.

Safety measures for protecting against dengue include
1) Leaving the city (okay.. not the most practical, i agree)
2) Generous applications of mospel all over your body (you end up smelling sweet too)
3) From the article: people should keep their homes and offices protected against mosquitoes through the use of bed nets while sleeping, placing fixed nets on doors and windows, not leaving overhead water tanks open, removing flower pots, plant holdings and other possible places of mosquito breeding from within the homes, using mosquito repellent lotion on the body and mosquito coils and mats.

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Image Credit: Dengue Fever in North Queensland

14 Comments so far

  1. JAY (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2006 @ 5:35 pm

    Good post mansoor. I dont think we had one about dengue.We should get some good input. Below I am sharing a forwarded email for dengue cure….May Allah have mercy upon us.


    Dear All
    I would like to share this interesting¬†discovery from a classmate’s son who has just recovered from dengue¬†fever. Apparently, his son was in the critical stage when his pallet counts drops to 15 after15 litres of blood¬†transfusion.¬†
    His father was so worried that he seeks another¬†friend’s¬†recommendation and his son was saved. He confessed to me that¬†he give his son raw juice of the papaya leaves. From a pallet count of¬†45 after 20 liters of blood transfusion, and after drinking the raw papaya leaf juice, his pallet count jumps instantly to 135. Even the doctors and nurses were surprised. After the second day he was discharged. So he ask me to pass this good news around.
    Accordingly it is raw papaya leaves, 2pcs just cleaned and pound and squeeze with filter cloth. You will only get one tablespoon per leaf. So
    two tablespoon per serving once a day. Do not boil or cook or rinse with hot water, it will loose its strength. Only the leafy part and no  stem or sap. It is very bitter and you have to swallow it like Won Low Kat. But it works.
    Papaya Juice РCure for Dengue
    You may have heard this elsewhere but if not I am glad to¬†inform you that papaya juice is a natural cure for dengue fever. As¬†dengue fever is rampant now, I think it’s good to share this with¬†all.


  2. naeem yakoob (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2006 @ 9:08 pm

    even i got a lot of fwd messages about the papaya leaves as a cure to dengue fever…i wonder how far this is true…maybe a doctor can comment on it!! is there any doctor reading kmb???

  3. nina (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2006 @ 11:34 pm

    thanks JAY.. thats great….jazakAllah

  4. Rohail (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2006 @ 12:18 am

    Well searched a bit on the net about the authenticity of papaya leaves but found the same story circulating everywhere dont know how papaya leaves increase platelet counts but there is certainly no harm trying out since there is no treatment for viral infections this might be one

  5. Chumpoo Nath Ghosley (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2006 @ 7:56 am

    papaya is Papeeta in Urdu right? Papeeta tu poo poo head bhe hay *yikes*.

  6. Imran (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2006 @ 11:32 pm

    Also use Citronella oil to repell mosquitos


    It is a natural repellent. (mospel is a chemical and not useful for kids.) Also try to use agarbatti & lobaan (old perfumes types) inside your homes. This is a reliable method to get rid of mosquitoes of your home

    as for dengue mosquitos

    A simple search on google on papaya leaves reveal these links
    In Yahoo India
    New Delhi, Oct. 15 (ANI): While the authorities across India continue to battle increasing number of dengue fever which has no known vaccine, papaya leaves juice has been found to be helpful in combating the fever.

    According to a message received from Dr Sumedha Bajaj of Bombay Hospital, two tablespoon full of papaya leaves juice once a day works wonders for the dengue affected persons.

    Dr Bajaj quotes an instance of a patient suffering with dengue fever whose platelet count had dropped to 28,000 after three days in hospital and water had started to fill up her lung making it difficult for her to breathe.

    Doctors had given up saying that there was no cure for dengue and the body’s immune system needed to build up resistance against dengue and fight its own battle.

    It was then that papaya leaves juice came to her rescue. The very next day of having taken the juice that platelet count showed an upward trend and her fever subsided. With the continuous feeding of papaya leaf juice she recovered in three days.

    Dr Bajaj says: just clean two pieces of only the leafy part, no stem or sap, and pound and squeeze with filter cloth. One leaf gives one tablespoon juice. The juice need not be boiled or cooked or rinsed with water, or it will loose its strength.

    Although, the juice is very bitter, it needs to be swallowed as it is and it works, says Dr Bajaj. (ANI)

  7. Chumpoo Nath Ghosley (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 6:34 am

    Bajaj tu Prena ka pati parmeshwar hay wo in kamoun me kab se parh gaya?

  8. Enz3 (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 3:30 am

    Thanks a lot for sharing possible cure for dengue. It’s a huge relief.

  9. nasir raza (unregistered) on October 29th, 2006 @ 8:27 am

    I have done on my own research and following are some precautions everyone must take to prevent from this dengue virus:
    1. Do NOT wear bright color cloths as mosquetoes are attracted by these bright colors.
    2. One must know that this Aedes type mosquetto responsible for spreading this disease bites in the day time from day to dusk so you have to keep your doors closed and cover your self and use repellents containing 15-30% deet. I have also heard that mustard oil also reppels the mosqeto.
    3. Mosqueetos are also attracted by any type of scents like deodrants or fragrances.
    4. Get rid of all standing water!!!around or inside the home as they bread on standing water.
    5. Try this test outside your home. Place water in any white dish and place lemon fresh scented dish washer liquid. It is said to have killed the mosquettos. Please try at your own risk and I hope this works.
    6. Alwas have mosquetto repplent scent, tablet or sometthing that keeps these pest away.
    7. If house is open, Sleepinside the net.
    8. PLease Please keep anyone who has been infected away from mopsquetoes as if any mosqutto bites the infected person, the mosqutto gets infected and can infect anyone for upto 65 days!!!
    9. Transmission is not from person to person but from mosquetto to person. So at any cost keep away from mosqueeto at any cost!
    10 DO NOT give asprine to anyone with the dinguie virus. Just give plenty of fluids, electro lyes and Acetaminophen for pain relief.
    11. characterstics of this disease are severe pain in bones and joints and high fever. this disease is also known as hadi tort bukhar.
    12 I am in New york and have done fairly enough research and if some needs further assistance please email me at

    Please keep yorself safe from this bla. I also have some duas to repel mosqueetos from home so please let me know if anyone is interested.

    Wasalm and Khuda Hafiz

  10. Yousuf_Zahir (unregistered) on October 29th, 2006 @ 12:42 pm

    ap ka leyeh tohfa

  11. Imran (unregistered) on October 29th, 2006 @ 1:13 pm

    thats a great news please ask to any one about papaya juice,

  12. mansoor (unregistered) on October 29th, 2006 @ 1:17 pm

    imran and nasir,

    thankyou for your contributions!

  13. shirazi (unregistered) on October 29th, 2006 @ 2:17 pm


  14. Imran (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2006 @ 11:01 am

    I wnat to study these papers.

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