The mortality rate of dengue and severe cases is 1%. The new guidelines do not include clinical criteria for the severity of the disease, but provide laboratory cutoff values for transaminase levels. The physician must then use his or her judgment to decide if the patient is severely infected or if there is a risk of developing the disease. A patient’s age and travel history are also important in determining the severity of the condition.
Warning signals and severe dengue
Early diagnosis is essential in managing dengue. Treatment is usually supportive, with no specific antiviral medication. The disease usually lasts 2-7 days after incubation. The World Health Organization has classified dengue into two major categories: warning signs and severe dengue. The subclassifications make it easier to determine if the patient should seek medical attention. It is also important to determine whether the case requires hospitalization. Moreover, the disease’s onset and the severity of symptoms should be determined by a health care professional.
Dengue is a single disease entity
The revised dengue classification emphasizes case management and less on pathophysiology. In contrast to the previous classification, the new one has no distinction between DHF. This reflects the notion that dengue is a single disease entity and thus the severity of the disease is the same in both. It also highlights the fact that the underlying mechanisms of severe dengue can be different from each other. As a result, the new classification should be used carefully to monitor a patient’s condition.
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