Dengue Fever Is Spreading Around The World

Dengue fever, the world’s fastest growing mosquito-borne disease, has spread its wings and morphed from a tropical disease endemic in just nine countries to worldwide threat.

Globalisation, urbanisation, climate change and jet travel have enabled it to move into more temperate zones.

Following are some basic facts:

– What is dengue fever ? –

Dengue fever is a flu-like infection caused by the flavivirus; it is in the same family as yellow fever.

Dengue fever has four separate strains — DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3 and DEN-4. Once cured, patients are protected for life, but only against the strain they were stricken by.

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