Saturday, January 10, 2009

Beware of mosquitos

Just before new year, my father in-law was admitted due to dengue like symptoms. His entire body joints was aching especially the back portion of his head. It was very unbearable to him given that he is a very tough person. Sure enough the blood count was very low. Unfortunately there is no medications or drugs available to cure this sickness. The doctor only prescription is to drink plenty of water into the body system.

Thank God after two days, the blood count (white and platelets) have improved and able to be discharged accordingly. Normal person have 4,000–11,000 white blood cells and about 150,000–400,000 platelets in each microliter of human blood. Anything lower than that is not healthy.

While we are there visiting at University Hospital, there were plenty of other patients with dengue cases. And worst, new ones are still being admitted daily until there were limited wards available. Do take action to keep mosquito spreading around our living area and keep an eye on any symptoms that liken to dengue.

Signs and Symptoms
  • sudden onset of severe headache, muscle and joint pains
  • fever,
  • rash. The dengue rash is characteristically bright red and usually appears first on the lower limbs and the chest; in some patients, it spreads to cover most of the body.
  • There may also be gastritis with some combination of associated abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

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