RapidTest Dengue with online medical consultation
The dengue fever rapid diagnostic test detects two classes of antibodies, immunoglobulin G and M, in the serum/plasma or blood through the use of specific complementary antibody markers. The test will take approximately 20 minutes to provide a result.
In the case of a positive result one should consult with our online doctor to consider the first stage of treatment. The dengue test has been shown to be accurate in 98% of cases, clearly demonstrating its reliability. Certain medical factors may influence the result of the test, for instance previous dengue fever infections or infection with another arbovirus.
Dengue fever is a painful and debilitating disease caused by the dengue virus. The tropical disease is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito causing a range of mild to severe symptoms. The basic symptoms include a high fever, headaches, pain behind the eyes, joint and muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, skin rash and mild nose bleeds.
As the disease progresses, a state known as dengue hemorrhagic fever develops which is associated with a high fever, bleeding nose and gums, liver enlargement, damage to lymph and blood vessels and circulatory system failure. Eventually the infected individual will encounter serious bleeding and will go into shock, followed shortly by death.
There is currently no vaccine against dengue fever however precautions can be taken to avoid contracting the disease. Preventing mosquito bites is a direct method of prevention, for example using mosquito repellant, wearing long sleeved clothes and using mosquito nets. An indirect method of
prevention is through the reduction of the mosquito population by removing breeding opportunities such as stagnant water bodies found in cans and flower pots.
Individuals with weakened immune systems are at greater risk i.e. HIV positive patients.
The incidence of dengue has increased dramatically in recent decades with over 40% of the world’s population now at risk. The disease is now endemic in more than 100 countries in Africa, the Americas, the Eastern Mediterranean, South-east Asia and the Western Pacific.