Dengue is a potentially fatal disease spread by the infected Aedes Aegypti mosquito. Although dengue cannot be spread by human contact, it is rapidly rising because of the increased breeding of dengue mosquitoes. These mosquitoes are responsible for being the carriers of the dangerous dengue virus to humans.
About the dengue virus
The dengue virus is a small structure that belongs to genus Flavivirus of the family Flaviviridae. The virus is somewhat spherical in shape and is protected by a layer of proteins. Once the virus enters the host organism, it replicates itself into viral proteins. As this process keeps occurring, the infection keeps spreading to more host cells.
What are the different serotypes of the dengue virus?
There are four serotypes of the dengue virus namely, DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3, and DEN-4. They are called serotypes because the way they interact with the host body and the antibodies is different for each. They are mostly the same in genomes, except for some minor variations. The interactions may be different but the end result is the same – dengue fever.
Being infected with dengue from one serotype gives you immunity only against that particular serotype. Subsequent infections are more dangerous and can result in more severe dengue illnesses like Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever or Dengue Shock Syndrome.
How long does the virus take to incubate?
The incubation period for the infection ranges between 3 to 15 days. Dengue symptoms depend on what kind of dengue the patient is suffering from. The most common ones are high fever, rashes, headaches and active bleeding from nose and gums. These symptoms of dengue last for up to 10 days.
How can you protect yourself from the virus?
As there are no full-fledged vaccines for dengue, the best thing you can do is strengthen your immune system and keep infected mosquitoes away. To keep the body safe, vigilance is important. Include more fruits and proteins in your diet. Detox from time to time with Tulsi water to cleanse your system of parasites. Eat healthy and hydrate qualitatively.
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