Is it true ??
December 3, 2006 4:55pm CST
Is it True that the cure for Dengue Fever is Raw Papaya leaves juice ?? Anyone heard about it. Do you know anyone who had it, and by giving the Raw Papaya leaves jucie cured it ?? please tell me...
8 Dec 06
well i had received an email regarding dengue disease it contained the following info about dengue. hope this helps and educates people about dengue!!! Disease information The Disease Dengue or “break-bone” fever is a viral disease of the tropics and sub-tropics. The Aedes aegypti mosquito that bites during the daytime and is found in and around human habitation transmits it. Symptoms include high fever, severe headaches, joint and muscle pain and cough. A rash often follows. The acute illness can last up to ten days, but complete recovery can take two to four weeks. Occasionally, a potentially fatal form of dengue called dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) occurs. DHF is mostly seen in persons who have been previously infected with dengue - the fatality rate is about 5%. Treatment The symptoms of dengue can be treated with bed rest, fluids and medications to reduce fever, such as acetaminophen. Aspirin and non-steroid anti-inflammatory agents such as ibuprofen should be avoided because of their anticoagulant properties. Prevention There is no vaccine against dengue fever. Wear long sleeves and long pants, and use insect repellents to prevent mosquito bites. Risk to Travelers Dengue is present in most tropical countries of the South Pacific, Asia, the Caribbean, the Americas and Africa, and epidemics have become more common over the last 20 years due to the urbanization of previously rural areas. Cases of dengue fever are confirmed every year in international travelers visiting infected areas. The risk of acquiring dengue is highest just before sunrise and sunset. Preventing Mosquito Bites Mosquitoes transmit many of the diseases that threaten travelers and different mosquitoes bite at different times of the day. For example, the mosquitoes that spread malaria bite at night (from "dusk until dawn"), whereas the mosquitoes that spread dengue fever bite during the day, mainly at dusk and dawn. The main steps to preventing mosquito bites are: 1. Prevent bites while outdoors: * Wear light-colored clothing that covers most of the body (long sleeves and long pants), weather permitting. * Use an insect repellent containing DEET. Adults and children more than two months of age can safely use preparations containing up to 35% DEET - the higher the concentration (of standard DEET preparations), the longer it repels. Reapply after swimming or excessive sweating. Above 35%, the duration of protection does not increase proportionately to the concentration. Approximate duration of action o 10% DEET: 1-3 hrs o 23% DEET: 4-6hrs o 35% DEET: 6-8 hrs o 99% DEET: 10-12 hrs Note: the duration of action of prolonged acting preparations such as "Ultrathon" and "Sawyer Controlled Release Deet" is not proportional to concentration of DEET. * Soak or spray clothes with permethrin (an insecticide). Permethrin should not be applied to the skin. 2. Prevent bites while you are indoors or asleep: * Check that there is fly-wire (mosquito netting) on the windows. * Use "knock-down" insect spray to kill mosquitoes in your room. * Use mosquito coils or electric insecticide vaporizers if mosquitoes can get into your room. * Note that air-conditioning also repels mosquitoes. * Consider using a bed net impregnated with permethrin. 3. Reduce mosquito breeding grounds in your area (more relevant if living permanently in a particular area). Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water and travel less than 500 yards. * Drain stagnant water from pot plants, drains, old tins, old tires, etc. * The spraying of walls with residual insecticides by the local authorities reduces the chances of being bitten. * Sometimes local authorities "fog" to kill adult mosquitoes and use larvicide to eradicate mosquito larvae.