Like Malaria, Dengue is a mosquito-borne disease too. It is a very serious disease because it accounts for nearly 100 million people affected by this disease throughout the world.
It’s the second highest mosquito-borne disease after malaria and it is also the fastest spreading. A mosquito can live up to 3 weeks from conception and when each adult lays over 500 eggs (hardy eggs, at that!), and then the infestation is rapid.
Symptoms of Dengue range from mild fever to very high fever such as what accompanies the flu; there can be rashes and mind-numbing headaches, pain in the eyes and in the joints as well. The joint pains sometimes get so severe that it’s no wonder that dengue is also known as the ‘breakbone fever’.
Bouts of nausea, vomiting and severe loss of appetite can occur for weeks on end!
Every year, close to 25,000 individuals die from Dengue. It is especially dangerous for some people whose blood vessels clot. There can be uncontrolled bleeding through the nose, ears and mouth and if this bleeding is not treated in time, death can occur.
Dengue is becoming is a global concern because it presents as a great liability for the governments to take serous action to prevent the disease within communities. The cost involved for many governments can be prohibitive.
Over 40% of the total world population can be at risk of contracting this deadly disease. A vaccine for Dengue is being produced, but there is isn’t a definite cure for Dengue as yet. When the vaccine is released, it will be expensive. The cost of the vaccine and the cost of distribution will more than likely be too costly for poorer countries.