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broden

at the very worst it papaya leaf juice wouldn't hurt you it seems

so in need, worth a try i would say

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Greatyear1966

Years ago, the UN came up with an oral rehydrating solution (ORS) that anybody can make. You don't have to go looking for sports drinks and it is very cheap to make. It consists of one level teaspoon of salt, eight level teaspoons of sugar and one liter of clean water (don't just use tap water unless it has been purified or boiled). Just mix or shake until everything is dissolved and drink. Just drinking water isn't as good because you are losing tons of electrolytes, which the salt makes up for. We think of table salt as sodium chloride, but it is typically a mixture of sodium, magnesium and potassium chlorides (what we think of as electrolytes). Sports drinks are generally made of approximately the same proportions (with a bit of flavoring added in). If you need the extra flavor to drink large quantities of the solution, mix in some koolaid, lemon juice, or tea to the mixture. It won't cause any problems with absorbing the liquid into your body. The solution helps with dengue, cholera, diarrhoea and and other disease that dehydrates the body. Keeping hydrated is only one part in the treatment though. If you start feeling ill in a tropical country, you need to get to a doctor. There are many things that can kill quickly if you delay treatment, and most of us aren't very good at diagnosing ourselves.

 

 

Thanks good tip...But would honey be better for the body than using the sugar?scratch_head.gif Please give comments guys...

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abw

I thought this was an interesting article about a potential way of combating dengue. It involves the use of a bacterium, common in other insects, inserted into the mosquito, which in turn blocks out and prevents the spread of dengue. Trials of this technique will soon start in Queensland, followed by Vietnam.

 

Andrew

 

Mozzies infected in war on dengue

BIOLOGICAL warfare will be unleashed on Queensland's mosquito population within months in a bid to fight dengue fever.

It's part of a world-first $18 million program that experts hope will lead to a more effective brake on the disease.

 

The Australian researchers leading the international research push will today announce regulatory approval to begin releasing mosquitoes infected with bacteria they hope will stop dengue in its tracks.

 

The trial received $14m of its funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and if successful could have a huge impact in reducing the worldwide toll of dengue, which infects between 50 million and 100 million people annually.

 

The disease, which can be fatal in severe cases, has no vaccines or treatments and is currently causing concern for athletes travelling to the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, which is experiencing an outbreak with more than 3000 recent cases.

 

The bacterium, called wolbachia, does not harm the mosquitoes once it infects them, but once inside the insects displaces the dengue virus and prevents it from multiplying.

 

The only way wolbachia can be passed from mosquito to mosquito is through the generations, in infected eggs, and the researchers hope it will gradually spread through the wild mosquito population.

 

If a wolbachia-infected male mosquito mates with an uninfected female, her eggs will fail to hatch, whereas the eggs from two infected parents will grow normally.

 

Project leader Scott O'Neill, professor of biology at the University of Queensland, said the environmental risk of releasing the bacteria-infected insects had been assessed by both the CSIRO and the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority as "negligible".

 

The clearance means the releases can go ahead from January.

 

Professor O'Neill said wolbachia was thought to be already present in up to 70 per cent of insects, although not in the Aedes aegypti species of mosquito responsible for spreading dengue.

 

The bacteria could not live in humans and could not infect them or other animals mosquitoes feed on, because they are too large to travel down the insects' salivary ducts, Professor O'Neill said.

 

Extensive studies of people bitten repeatedly by other species of mosquito that did carry the bacteria had failed to find any ill-effects, he said.

 

"With all of that, we are very confident that it poses no risk to human safety or the environment," he said.

 

"In the laboratory it's working beautifully, but it's very hard to predict from that how it's going to perform in the field. We are quietly confident, but we really need to do these tests before we can confidently say it's going to work."

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rainymike

Dengue is definitely something we all need to be aware about. Lesser known (at least I was ignorant about it) is Japanese encephalitis which is also transmitted by mosquito and found in the Philippines. Learned about it on a recent trip to Hong Kong which had a lot of public health signs warning the public about dengue and the Japanese encephalitis.

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USMC-Retired

I had it here and it suxs. Your head feels like its going to explode. Then your burning so hot you shiver. After that happens and you think it is over. Your feet and hands start to feel like you dipped them in acid and burn for a day. It comes in waves so you can feel good one hour and like a truck hit you the next. This lasted for 4 days. In that time I drank at least 20 liters of water. My wife force fed me water almost every single hour.

 

All in all I thought I was going to die.

Edited by Norseman

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