The diseased realm
Dengue fever is ranked by WHO as the most critical and the most rapidly spreading mosquito-borne viral disease in the world. Lahari Basu finds out the probable causes leading to the wide prevalence of the disease and the possible measures to curb it.
The row over Gurugram's Fortis Hospital overcharging a seven-year-old patient's family for 15-day treatment of dengue fever has forced the nation to ask for some control over the situation as the mosquito-borne disease is spreading like a wildfire. With an ever-increasing number of dengue cases, the country is brimming over with dengue patients of all age groups, starting from infants to the elderly. But how deadly is the virus?