Synonyms/Also Known as
Dengue IgM, Dengue Antibodies IgM
Arbovirus Testing, West Nile Virus Testing, Zika Virus Testing, Complete Blood Count, Electrolytes, PCR testing for Dengue fever virus
Why get tested?
To help diagnose dengue fever, when there are symptoms suspecting dengue fever, when there is an episode of fever after a travel.
When to get tested?
When there is an episode of fever after a travel to tropical areas.
Test preparation needed
No special preparation required
About The Test
How is it used
1. Mention the symptoms of dengue?
The common symptoms of dengue fever are high grade fever, severe headache, pain behind the eyes of severe grade, joint, muscle and bone pain, rash on the body and mild bleeding manifestations from nose, gums etc. These symptoms are more common in older children and adults when compared to young children.
Dengue hemorrhagic fever is identified by a fever of 2 to 7 days and general signs and symptoms of dengue fever. When the fever subsides, symptoms like persistent vomiting, severe abdominal pain, and difficulty in breathing etc, may appear. Later the capillaries become leaky and this leads to escape of fluid form the blood vessels in to peritoneum (causing ascitis) and pleural cavity (causing pleural effusion). If uncorrected, this may lead to shock and followed by death.
2. Is dengue fever preventable?
Till date, there is no immunization for dengue fever. Preventing exposure to mosquitoes by using repellents containing DEET and protective clothing can help.
3. Is dengue fever transmitted from person to person?
No it is not transmitted by contact or exposure to respiratory scretions, but by mosquito bite and in rare cases through blood transfusion, organ donation and mother to fetus, the virus can be transmitted.
4. Can a person have a relapse of dengue fever?
Yes, as there are four serotypes of the virus and there is no cross-protective immunity. A subsequent infection usually is associated with a more severe disease.