Dengue Fever Explained (Quiz Below)

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Once You Have Finished Watching The Video Above, Test Your Knowledge With Our Short Quiz Below!

Which type of mosquito causes dengue fever?

Dengue fever is spread by the female Aedes mosquito. The female anopheles mosquito spreads malaria. The males in both the types do nothing.

Dengue fever is caused by a

Dengue is a virus. There are 4 types. Once you are infected by one, you cannot be infected by it again.

The most common symptom in dengue fever is

Fever is the most common symptom in dengue. Temperatures can cross 100 degrees F often. It may last for 2 - 7 days. Accompanying symptoms include headaches, pain behind the eyes, back pain and nausea.

How can dengue fever be diagnosed in the early stages?

The dengue NS-1 test is positive in the first 5 days, following which immunoglobulins start to rise. Platelet counts reduce a little later in the illness. A blood culture will not reveal anything.

What is the most important treatment for dengue fever?

Complete bed rest is the most important, followed by paracetamol as advised by your physician. Make sure you stay well hydrated.

How can you prevent dengue fever?

All the above are correct. Prevention is better than cure!

Which of the following can help increase platelet count?

Papaya leaf extracts have been shown to increase platelet counts in some clinical studies. The juice itself is quite bitter. Capsules that contain the extract are now available.

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Consultant Internal Medicine And Cardiovascular Sciences at Baliga Diagnostics Pvt Ltd
Dr Baliga is a consultant in Internal Medicine and Cardiology with an interest in diabetes and cardiovascular disease. He received his training in India and the UK where he completed his post graduate training and his doctorate. He then completed his MBA from University of Phoenix, USA. He has completed the post graduate program in Cardiology from Johns Hopkins University and participated in the Advanced Certificate Course in Diabetes from the Cleveland Clinic, USA. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Lipid Management from Middlesex University, UK. He is the managing partner of Baliga Diagnostics, Bangalore. He is also the founder of HeartSense and is a keen advocate of patient empowerment, having written almost every article on this website and more. In his spare time, he enjoys running and spending time with his son. Find Dr Vivek Baliga on LinkedIn here - http://heartsense.in/linkedin.
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  1. Purnima Baliga on

    The presentation was very useful informative and educative… looking forward for more videos on different health issues…Dr Vivek.. I was highly impressed with this video thanxs.

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