Friday, January 27, 2012

WHO: Over 40% Of World's Population At Risk From Dengue blog #2

WHO: Over 40% Of World's Population At Risk From Dengue

 Over 40% of the world’s population is at risk for dengue. This article talked about how the disease is spreading rapidly. The disease is now endemic in more than 100 countries in Africa, the Americas, the Eastern Mediterranean, South-East Asia and the Western Pacific. The infection is found in tropical and sub-tropical regions around the world. “Not only is the number of cases increasing as the disease spreads to new areas, but explosive outbreaks are occurring.” ( disease has tripled since 1970 it had spread to more than 100 million people a year. Back in 1970 it was endemic in only nine countries. The news report(article) just went on to say how much and how fast the disease is spreading. Dengue is a disease caused by a family of viruses that are transmitted by mosquitoes. It is an acute illness of sudden onset that usually follows symptoms such as headache, fever, and rash ( The disease dengue can affect anyone especially with weak immune and it is possible to get dengue fever multiple times. To subordinate the risk of getting Dengue you should wear insect repellent with deet, wear clothes that cover your arms, legs and feet, and close unscreened doors and windows when you are in the area where dengue disease is passed. I believe that this is horrifying. I think that everyone should be forced to get the vaccine to stop the spreading of this disease. Even thought this is rare in United States it doesn’t mean that it cannot happen.  I suppose that people did not know that this disease is so easy to catch according to Medline Plus “You can get it if an infected mosquito bites you. It is common in warm, wet areas of the world. Outbreaks occur in the rainy season( They should inform the people to stay away from areas like this.  I believe that with enough information and technology we can reduce the spread of this disease.

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