Kenyan Health And The Problem Of Dengue Fever

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Kenya is one African country that has had constant struggles with disease and the lack of proper healthcare. This is one reason why many Kenyan non profit charities have taken a direct approach in trying to stem the spread of illnesses. If you have considered donating money to such an organization or working for one of these charities, then you should understand some of the diseases that you are likely to come into contact with. Dengue fever is one of them.

What Is Dengue Fever?

Dengue fever is a viral infection that is caused by one of several different viruses. These viruses are called dengue viruses and they produce the same types of symptoms. These include fevers, headaches, joint pain, muscle soreness, vomiting, fatigue, and rashes. These symptoms are likely to last several days after the individual contracts the virus, but they can last a week or longer in some cases. 

Dengue fever is passed through mosquito bites. Specifically, the Aedes can carry and pass the disease. Once an individual contracts the virus, it can be spread from one person to the next. 

While dengue fever is likely to produce flu-like symptoms, a serious complication can arise that make this illness fatal to some. This complication is the development of hemorrhagic fever, which can lead to the widespread circulatory failure. Massive internal bleeding and shock are associated with this. People who are most likely to develop hemorrhagic fever are the individuals who have weak immune systems. 

Why Is Dengue Fever A Problem?

Dengue fever is a specific problem in Kenya for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, the illness is often confused with malaria. This means that malaria treatment may be used to reduce symptoms. The antiparasitic treatments can weaken the body and make it harder for individuals to fight the disease. Also, mosquitos are common around stagnant water, and this is an issue in Kenya due to improper education and lack of resources in relation to hygiene and running water.

As the earth continues to heat up, mosquitos will grow in number and this can create a serious issue with widespread illness. Currently, actions are being taken to clean areas of stagnant water, teach proper sanitation, and to fumigate areas that are prone to mosquito activity. Also, Kenyans are being educating on the symptoms associated with dengue fever and how to seek treatment when symptoms are noted. Information about keeping the virus from spreading is necessary as well to reduce the occurrence of dengue outbreaks.