New Dengue virus in Malaysia


I was at the Sunway Medical Hospital to visit a friend who had been warded for Dengue fever. Yes, Dengue fever is on the rise – especially in Selangor, Malaysia. This is what the Star (20 January 2014) had to say:

Selangor had the largest increase with 1,142 cases, up by 272 cases from the previous week.

From Jan 1 to Oct 26, a total of 28,707 cases has been recorded, which represents a 58% increase compared to the corresponding period last year, said the Health Ministry in a statement on Friday.

The Health Ministry is concerned as the weekly cases this year, at more than 900, is more than twice of last year’s weekly average of 400.

The analysis for Selangor (up to June) noted that it hosted 323 of the 408 dengue hotspots nationwide, with 26 high risk areas found in the Petaling district, 19 in Hulu Langat, eight in Gombak and one in Sepang.

The rest of the outbreak areas were located primarily in Johor (37) and Kuala Lumpur-Putrajaya (16), with the rest spread out over the other remaining states.

I also read about the newer, stronger strain of the virus. Previously, Dengue fever is identifiable by red spots on the body, notably the palms of the hand. The new Dengue virus, however – does not manifest the red marks. You get high fever off and on and stomach aches with nausea.

I received this email sometime ago and I’d like to share it here:

Papaya Juice – Cure for Dengue

 

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You may have heard this elsewhere but if not I am glad to inform you that papaya juice is a natural cure for dengue fever. As dengue fever is rampant now, I think it’s good to share this with all. 

A friend of mine had dengue last year. It was a very serious situation for her as her platelet count had dropped to 28,000 after 3 days in hospital and water has started to fill up her lung. She had difficulty in breathing. She was only 32-year old. Doctor says there’s no cure fordengue. We just have to wait for her body immune system to build up resistance against dengue and fight its own battle. She already had 2 blood transfusion and all of us were praying very hard as her platelet continued to drop since the first day she was admitted. 

Fortunately her mother-in-law heard that papaya juice would help to reduce the fever and got some papaya leaves, pounded them and squeeze the juice out for her. The next day, her platelet count started to increase, her fever subside. We continued to feed her with papaya juice and she recovered after 3 days!!! 

Amazing but it’s true. It’s believed one’s body would be overheated when one is down with dengue and that also caused the patient to have fever papaya juice has cooling effect. Thus, it helps to reduce the level of heat in one’s body, thus the fever will go away. I found that it’s also good when one is having sore throat or suffering from heat. 

Please spread the news about this as lately there are many dengue cases. It’s great if such natural cure could help to ease the sufferings of dengue patients. 

Furthermore it’s so easily available. Blend them and squeeze the juice! It’s simple and miraculously effective!!

My take on alternative therapy

Personally, I have had friends telling me about the amazing curative properties of the Papaya juice for Dengue fever. I don’t doubt my friend, especially the Papaya-plant derived Enzyme Papase is medically-proven to fight inflammation. Other alternative therapy, especially Tiger Milk Mushroom has been proven to work for asthmatics. 

With pollution reaching all-time high levels and pesticide-abuse dominating agriculture – it’s only a matter of time when we discover that our foods are no longer nutritious nor sustainable. I have always been a firm believer in alternative therapy and naturotherapy.

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