The Worsening Threat of Dengue in Asia

The Worsening Threat of Dengue in Asia

Dengue virus dwells in the tropics and sub-tropic parts of the planet. Thus, Asia has suffered most in terms of the rallying cases of the vector-borne disease.

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Having been known for fatal results when not given immediate attention, the virus sets an alarming tone each time an outbreak is reported. Here are the cases that swept Asia in 2017:


Fresh from the scandal that brought Philippine health officials and Sanofi in shambles, the Philippines recorded 657 dengue-related deaths from November 2016 to November 2017. With a total case of 117,654 nationally, Dengue virus still imposes grave challenges to the Filipino nation.


In a week’s time, New Delhi covered 176 cases in the first week of December 2017. Although a decline in 2017 Dengue cases were revealed, the number of fatalities still alarm  health officials; the urge to find immediate solutions still an utmost priority. 9,072 cases were recorded this year making up a portion of 153 635 cases and 226 deaths in the entirety of India. 


174, 889 cases have been reported in Sri Lanka for 2017. The upsurge in number was brought by all 4 dengue strains found in the country. These strains have brought about 320 deaths according to the Epidemiology  Unit of the Ministry of Health.


A town in Pakistan,Peshawar, unfortunately had 69 deaths due to delayed blood transfusion and fluid overload after the dreaded dengue outbreak out of 24,807 laboratory-confirmed cases. 2,849 cases were recorded in the town of Karachi followed by 229 fatalities. 


For Malaysia, 81,790 new cases comprise the dengue statistics in 2017. 170 fatalities were recorded for the entire year.




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REAL TALK: Dengvaxia and Why You Don’t Need It YET

REAL TALK: Dengvaxia and Why You Don’t Need It YET

“There are 4 types of Dengue strains and all of those were transmitted to the Dengvaxia vaccine recipients “, says a pediatric doctor from St. Lukes Hospital Bonifacio Global City in the Philippines.

The pathophysiology of the vaccine clearly implies that ‘Dengvaxia’ isn’t fit for public consumption.

The statistics of Dengue cases in the Philippines may have compelled WHO, Sanofi Pasteur and the Philppine government through its Department of Health to conduct mass testing of the vaccine mostly to public school students.

What was supposed to cure Dengue outbreaks in targeted communities have simply failed to deliver and did exactly unforthcoming- Dengvaxia gave 4 strains of Dengue viruses to the vaccine receptors as if they already had the virus for 4 times already.

As a result, the vaccine will aggravate the respondent’s condition once they get infected by the Dengue-causing mosquito.

What can ‘Dengvaxia’ recipients do? “NOTHING. Unfortunately, they need to be careful not to have the Dengue virus in their system since they cannot afford to have the consequences from the vaccine”, added the source from St. Luke’s BGC.

It was believed that Sanofi Pasteur conducted a clinical trial in the Philippines through the Department of Health with then DOH Secretary Janet Garin‘s supervision.

Clinical trials have different phases and Dengvaxia was said to be on Phase 3. It

was administered to unintentional victims who basically had zero-knowledge of what could arise after testing the vaccine on them.

The Philippine government advises the public not to panic despite the commotion that is already circling the issue.

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Dreaded yet underreported, the Chikungunya virus has already killed 3 out of 5 patients in Nepal.

The said cases were reported from the districts of Chitwan and Syangja projecting a 60 percent fatality rate.

According to Sher Bahadur Pun, MD, PhD, many physicians fail to include CHIKV to most of their diagnosis.

Still, many physicians do not include CHIKV in their differential diagnosis in Nepal. Therefore, it can be assumed that the true number of CHIKV cases is likely to be much higher than what EDCD has reported. -Dr Sher Bahadur Pun, MD, PhD

In Dr. Pun’s letter to Promedmail, Chikungunya was briefly discussed.

Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. It causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Joint pain is often debilitating and can vary in duration. The disease shares some clinical signs with dengue and Zika and can be misdiagnosed in areas where they are common. The proximity of mosquito breeding sites to human habitation is a significant risk factor for chikungunya

Dr. Pun observed that the symptoms of Dengue and Zika Viruses are somewhat similar to Chikungunya making the latter significantly underreported; laboratory confirmation is indeed necessary to differentiate the three viruses.

Just like with Dengue and Zika, a clean environment is essential to combat the risks of mosquitoes lying around bringing fatal vectors close to unsuspecting patients.

Another reason to take Chikungunya seriously is the possibility of brain swelling and inflammation. These rare cases usually occur on infants and adults aged 65 and up; a symptom that is very similar to Japanese encephalitis.

Beware. Clean your community. Be vigilant in your surroundings.

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Google and PeN’s Plans to End Zika Virus

Google and PeN’s Plans to End Zika Virus

If you are familiar with the Aedes genus of mosquitoes spreading diseases such as Malaria, Dengue, Chikungunya and Yellow Fever, you would probably be aware by now that Zika Virus has been added to the top list that’s been bringing death and fear since early 2015. Just like its contemporaries, Zika Virus has been steadily spreading its momentum infecting patients and worst, causing deaths. Different initiatives have been implemented to stop the virus but health authorities can only do so much. Fortunately, there are current attempts right now that could possibly break the continuity of these viruses, particularly the Zika Virus. Continue reading →

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