Remember that people of all age and sex can be affected by dengue fever. Deaths and complication of dengue occur more frequently in children during Dengue Fever outbreak.
Clinical diagnosis of dengue fever can be difficult. The signs and symptoms of dengue fever are similar to several diseases like flu, malaria, and typhoid fever. To confirm the diagnosis your doctor will test your blood for presence of dengue virus or antibodies to dengue virus.
Blood tests: Tests done to confirm a diagnosis of dengue fever are:
Your antibody response
Infection with any type of dengue virus results in lifelong immunity to that serotype, but only temporary immunity to other serotypes.
Primary Infection: First infection with any serotype results in formation of IgM and IgG antibodies
Secondary Infection: Second infection with any serotype
What is the "Platelet count with dengue" virus?
The dengue virus can affect the platelet production in some patients. The normal life span of platelets is about 4 days and the normal platelet count is 1.5 to 4.5 lakhs. The virus affects the body's ability to form new platelets and the number of platelet decrease (decrease in platelet count is called thrombocytopenia). Platelets are needed to form blood clot. Decrease in platelet count affects the body's ability to form blood clot. Decrease in platelet count (thrombocytopenia) increases the risk of hemorrhage or bleeding. The bleeding can be both internal & external. Your doctor may recommend platelet transfusion if the platelet counts decrease below is 20,000-25,000/mm3 or if you have bleeding even if the count is higher.
Other blood cell counts in dengue:
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