Dengue – Reminder

The news isn’t good at all & after India & Nepal It seems that dengue may stay here for some time & we request all our fellows to take extra & special care. This is also a reminder to all. We heard it in news and we read it in papers (and there are some cases that go unreported too) but frankly as it’s is said we don’t know it until we taste it. So after recovering from a severe fever myself for 5 days, the previous week, I have had some sad news at my end since yesterday morning. One of my relative, the only daughter ( with no more children possible due to medical reasons ) in her family passed away early morning & one of our neighbors passed away yesterday eve and I have just got the news that one of our close friends is also admitted in hospital. 2 close friends have already taken leave from their offices also, as precaution is better. Though this is all personal but I can understand how tough the time is for other Karachiites also. A week or so ago GEO had a news itemrelated to the health officials informing us that government hospitals are running out of resources & DAWN had a news item telling us that media is not being provided with stats, and we all know why.

So, with our health infrastructure not so good, (death toll reaching 27 now according to GEO, that too only the reported ones) as mentioned in the above DAWN link & government after failing to stop the virus from spreading has nothing but to advertise now with statements like “ehtiyaat hee behtrareen ilaaj hai” (as if giving up a part of the battle i.e controling the spread) & “apni hifazat keejiye”, we better be extremely cautious ourselves. And the most important thing is to make sure the initial fever symptoms are taken seriously. There are some guidelines in newspapers to follow. The said relative was initially admitted in a government hospital but due to complete negligence & lack of medical expertise her health deteriorated and the 5 years old flower could not bear the pain she had been suffering through. She had been later shifted to AKU later but it was too late I guess.

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5 Comments so far

  1. Haider (unregistered) on October 28th, 2006 @ 1:29 pm

    Dear MB,
    Thanks for the information,can you or any one else here please tell that what are the precautions which we must take to save our self from denuge fever,also what are the symptoms of this fever.


  2. MB (unregistered) on October 28th, 2006 @ 1:49 pm

    Brother the mentioned link does have some info related to Dengue. Mansoor’s link also has few tips. Besides please do check newspaper for local info.

    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 “breakbone 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.

    The above para was from This link

    There are other links too :-

    This one is a bit technical

    The Dengue spread is here

    Wikipedia may help too

    As a summary, general precautions are :-

    Use Mosquito nets when sleeping. Use mosquito repellant creams when outdoors. Air conditioning or windows and doors that are screened are useful to have in the hotel or room where you stay.


  3. Zunaira (unregistered) on October 29th, 2006 @ 1:39 am

    Much thanks for enlightenment !


  4. Aussie_Paki (unregistered) on October 29th, 2006 @ 5:30 am

    How can it be avoided? Now its scaring me as its just 1 month to my flight!


  5. MB (unregistered) on October 29th, 2006 @ 10:32 am

    Aussie_Paki:-

    The links tell you everything dear.



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