(ORDO NEWS) — We only managed to talk about the outbreak of bubonic plague in northern China, as it became known that on July 8 in the east of the same country a new case of deadly dengue fever was detected.
It turned out that the first case was registered on July 5 in the eastern Chinese city of Guanda. Dengue fever was discovered in a man who had previously traveled to India, Pakistan and Myanmar. Now the infected person is undergoing treatment at a local hospital, and his condition is assessed as stable.
What is dengue fever?
Dengue fever is an acute vector-borne disease caused by the dengue virus (DENV), which is transmitted by yellow fever mosquitoes (Latin Aedes aegypti). According to statistics, usually a fever occurs in a mild form, but in rare cases there are still fatal complications.
Dengue fever is most common in some countries in Asia and Latin America with a tropical and subtropical climate. There is currently no approved treatment, nor is there a vaccine that has been under development for many years.
In recent decades, dengue infections have increased worldwide due to global climate change.
The World Health Organization (WHO) claims that 390 million people become infected every year in the world, but only 96 million have clinical manifestations of infection. About 10,000 people die from dengue fever each year. 3.9 billion people are at risk, of which 70% live in Asia.
Dengue outbreak in other countries
Singapore is currently struggling with two outbreaks: the coronavirus pandemic and the onset of dengue. According to the National Environmental Agency (NEA), on July 6, 15,273 cases of dengue virus infection were recorded in the country. At least 16 people have passed away.
Meanwhile, Laos reported 80 new confirmed cases of dengue fever in the country. The total number of infected was 2564 people. There are seven deaths.
Symptoms of dengue fever:
- Increase in body temperature to 39-40 degrees;
- Body aches;
- Stomach ache;
- Low white blood cell count.
If the disease progresses, the following symptoms appear:
- Constant vomiting
- Enlarged liver;
- Panic attacks;
- Gingival, gastrointestinal bleeding;
- Vomiting of blood;
- Damage to internal organs.
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