By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- Investigators discuss new findings in Hemorrhagic Fever. According to news reporting originating in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Dengue is becoming recognized as one of the most important vector-borne human diseases. It is predominant in tropical and subtropical zones but its geographical distribution is progressively expanding, making it an escalating global health problem of today."
The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, "Dengue presents with spectrum of clinical manifestations, ranging from asymptomatic, undifferentiated mild fever, dengue fever (DF), to dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) with or without shock (DSS), a life-threatening illness characterized by plasma leakage due to increased vascular permeability. Currently, there are no antiviral modalities or vaccines available to treat and prevent dengue. Supportive care with close monitoring is the standard clinical practice. The mechanisms leading to DHF/DSS remains poorly understood. Multiple factors have been attributed to the pathological mechanism, but only a couple of these hypotheses are popular in scientific circles."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The current discussion focuses on underappreciated factors, temperature, natural IgM, and endotoxin, which may be critical components playing roles in dengue pathogenesis."
For more information on this research see: Role of cognitive parameters in dengue hemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome. Journal of Biomedical Science, 2013;20():88. (BioMed Central - www.biomedcentral.com/; Journal of Biomedical Science - www.jbiomedsci.com)
Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting J.J. Tsai, Tropical Medicine Center, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Additional authors for this research include K. Chokephaibulkit, P.C. Chen, L.T. Liu, H.M. Hsiao, Y.C. Lo and G.C Perng (see also Hemorrhagic Fever).
Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Taiwan, Kaohsiung, Tropical Disease, Hemorrhagic Fever.
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