Dengue Fever Spike

Living in Malaysia, you hear a lot about dengue cases and you can’t help but have a phobia whenever a mosquito flies by. Especially now after having a baby, I’m obsessed with making sure my surrounding is mosquito free and my daughter’s bag is well equipped with those mosquito repellant stickers. Every year the Malaysian government announces increase in number of dengue cases and more and more often do I hear of friends getting infected with this terrible virus. The latest what I heard was that at times it is difficult to get a room at the hospitals around town as most of them are taken by dengue case patients. Scary!

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Aedes aegypti mosquito

Dengue symptoms show 4-6 days after infection (by a striped Aedes aegypti mosquito that has previously bitten an infected person), and they may include:

  • Sudden, high fever
  • Severe headaches
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Severe joint and muscle pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Skin rash, which appears three to four days after the onset of fever
  • Mild bleeding (such a nose bleed, bleeding gums, or easy bruising)

Sometimes symptoms are mild and can be mistaken for those of the flu or another viral infection. Younger children and people who have never had the infection before tend to have milder cases than older children and adults. However, serious problems can develop. These include dengue hemorrhagic fever, a rare complication characterized by high fever, damage to lymph and blood vessels, bleeding from the nose and gums, enlargement of the liver, and failure of the circulatory system. The symptoms may progress to massive bleeding, shock, and death. This is called dengue shock syndrome (DSS).

People with weakened immune systems as well as those with a second or subsequent dengue infection are believed to be at greater risk for developing dengue hemorrhagic fever. Again another reason for us to keep strengthening our immune system so even if we do get infected by this virus, we can overcome it quickly.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Malaysia is reeling from a deadly outbreak of dengue, with nearly four times more deaths so far this year compared with the same period in 2013. As of Aug. 30, Malaysia reported 131 dengue-related deaths and 68,144 infections this year. That compares with 38 deaths and 18,923 cases over the same period last year. Researchers point to a mix of causes for the rise, especially the appearance of a more virulent strain of dengue, referred to as DEN-2.

Many condominiums around Malaysia practice fogging in order to destroy as many mosquitos as possible, but sometimes I wonder does this cause more damage to humans than to mosquitos. The chemicals spread through the air quickly and you smell it very often around town, I have some serious concerns about what this does to our health.

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Fogging Trucks

There is no cure once you do get dengue, hospitals only keep you hydrated and monitor that the situation doesn’t get worse and turn into dengue hemorrhagic fever. If you suspect or do have dengue, make sure you boost your immune system quickly to fight the virus. I know of a few lingzhi and pollen consumers who have eliminated the dengue virus from their bodies fairly quick, by consuming high dosage of the two supplements. Their advice is to immediately continue consuming linghzi/pollen mix, even before going to the doctor. Up to 1 bottle of lingzhi (YK1) should be consumed in 1 day in order to see fast results. Within two days there will be hardly any more symptoms visible.

Since it seems to be very difficult to control the spread of this horrible virus, lets do our best to have our immune systems ready to fight. Whatever your choice of supplements/vitamins is make sure they are boosting your immune system.

Stay healthy,

Dina

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