All You Need to Know About Dengue

By Nmami Agarwal     31-Aug 2018

All You Need to Know About Dengue

Dengue is known to be a dangerous disease carried by a mosquito-borne infection which can lead to severe flu-like symptoms along with high fever. This flu is caused by four different viruses, spread by ‘Aedes’ mosquitoes. Dengue, pronounced as ‘dengee’, is a painful illness that has associations with the viruses which can cause West Nile infection and yellow fever as well. An approx. of three hundred ninety million dengue infections are reported worldwide every year, from which about ninety-six million reports results in deaths. Most cases occur in tropical areas with the highest risks especially during the season of monsoon.

Signs And Symptoms
In dengue majority of people, especially teens and children may not come up with any signs or symptoms in mild dengue fever. Noticeable symptoms generally occur within four to seven days when you are already down with infected mosquito. Dengue indications include fever, shivering and at least two of any following symptoms – headache, rashes on the body, nausea, pain behind the eyes, vomiting, swollen glands, muscle, bone and joint pain.
While many people recover from dengue within a week or so, there are some cases where the symptoms worsen leading to life-threatening emergencies in which blood vessels often become leaky or damaged. The number of platelets (clot-forming cells) in your bloodstream drops drastically, can cause a severe form of dengue fever; know as dengue hemorrhagic fever, blood in urine, severe abdominal pain, difficult or rapid breathing, stools or vomit, cold or clammy skin, irritability fatigue, or restlessness.

Preventive measures
The only way to prevent yourself from getting infected by dengue is to prevent the infectious bites from Aedes mosquitoes. In particular, if you are staying in or travelling up to tropical areas needs to involve preventing yourself from dengue bites while making some efforts to keep increasing ratio of dengue under control. Some preventive measures for dengue are:

  • Use mosquito repellents, whenever you go out or even indoors.
  • When at home, use air conditioning if available.
  • When going out, do wear long-sleeved clothes and full pants with properly tucked in socks.
  • Avoid going to heavily populated residential areas.
  • Make sure to shut your house windows and doors. If the sleeping area is facilitated by air-conditioned or not secured with window screens then use mosquito nets.

Over to you
Don’t confuse a dengue fever with a normal viral fever especially in the season of monsoon when there are high chances of getting infected from dengue infection. If you continue to have a fever for more than three days, then do consult a doctor and get yourself tested. Beware of dengue infection and prevent your surroundings from turning into breeding grounds of dengue mosquitoes.

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Beets have a lovely colour, taste and texture. But beets aren’t supposed to be smoked like eggplant. You need to boil them up before smoking, else they’re going to take forever in preparation. Here is our quick and easy guide for best smoked beets recipe

Nutritional Benefits

Beetroot provides you with fibre, iron, potassium, folate and Vitamin C which is good for skin and further act as an antioxidant. It can improve exercise performance, lower blood pressure and serve as a low calorie food. It can also improve digestion and help in weight management. Thyme is a Mediterranean herb and has been traditionally used to cure diarrhoea, stomach ache and sore throat.


2 small beets

Few sprigs of thyme

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon lemon zest

Salt- as per taste

Calorie = 112 kcal
Protein = 2.8 grams
Carbohydrates = 14.8 grams
Fat = 4.7 grams
Recommended for- High Blood Pressure and Digestion
Course- Evening Snack


Cut beets into thin slices

Put them in a saucepan, with some water. Boil until tender

Next, light your charcoal or barbecue fire

Take a large piece of foil and lay the beets in them. Brush a little olive oil and top with thyme and lemon zest.

Fold the foil and twist the ends together. Punch small holes in the foil with the help of a knife or fork.

Leave it to cook for 15-20 minutes.

Once cooked, allow it to cool and then discard the charred skin.

Toss with salt and pepper, and serve.

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Beetroot is a wonder vegetable with goodness of many nutrients. Smokey beets give the dish a distinctive taste along with the flavourful thyme herb. Do try it out!
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