Why Didn’t Noah Swat Those Two Mosquitoes?
We all know how Noah was instructed by God to make an ark, and fill it with two of every sort of living thing, and gather food for them (Genesis 6:11-22) but if you are lying in a hospital bed waiting for the nurse to stick the big, gleaming needle in your vein for the nth time, you will definitely want those pesky blood sucking parasites dead!
World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates World Health Day on 7th April each year and the theme for 2014 was, Vector borne diseases under the banner “Small Bite Big Threat”.Vector-borne diseases account for 17% of the estimated global burden of all infectious diseases!
Imagine Mr. X, a resident of Mumbai who is suffering from high fever, severe headache (behind the eyes), and nausea and vomiting. He also complains of excruciating joint pain. He has started to develop a petechial rash. Mr. X goes to his physician who orders some blood tests. His CBC shows decreased platelets and NS-1 antigen test is positive. What am I talking about? You guessed it right! DENGUE!
Why talk about dengue? WHO says the world's fastest growing vector-borne disease is dengue, with a 30-fold increase in disease incidence over the last 50 years. The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) states with more than one-third of the world’s population living in areas at risk for infection, dengue virus is a leading cause of illness and death in the tropics and subtropics. As many as 400 million people are infected yearly.