For a mom whose kids were hospitalized twice for dengue fever, this news is alarming indeed. According to health officials the fifth strain of dengue virus has been detected abroad and is said to be as deadly as the other strains (Type 1, 2, 3, 4). Health officials also said the development of the vaccine, which is currently being developed to cover all four strains, may be affected because of the 5th strain. The mosquitoes that carry the fifth strain are also responsible in the spread of Chikungunya, a viral disease that manifests the same signs and symptoms as dengue fever.
Worried about the surface of this new strain, we have to double our effort to protect our household from dengue by keeping our surroundings clean. For my part, I’ll be the ever paranoid mom who keeps the window (without screen protection) closed.
I will be reading more about this new strain. It pays to know the risk of this new strain to our children being the most vulnerable to the mosquito-borne disease.