A New Health Scare Is On the Horizon

Another super bug has surfaced on the medical horizon, but no one was talking about it because the H1N1 cases had taken over the spotlight for most of 2009.  The illness is called Dengue (pronounced DENG-ee) Fever and it has been reported by Sphere as being carried by mosquitoes.  The areas where medical officials once located the sickness was Central America and Southeast Asia, but now they claim it endangers “2.5 billion in more than 100 countries.”

The symptoms are as subtle as a mere fever the first time you’re diagnosed with it.  It makes you more susceptible to contracting it again and then the symptoms get more serious and can include “circulatory failure.”  Although, the illness has only garnered recent attention, it has been around for a very long time.

Dengue Fever has been around since the late 18th century.  And Sphere reports that “the first modern pandemic was reported in Southeast Asia during the 1950s” and approximately “40 million cases are diagnosed each year, with 22,000 deaths.”  Read here for more details on the next global outbreak.

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