Dengue infection during pregnancy poses hemorrhage risk to mother, infant

Radio Pakistan  |  Sep 28, 2022

Dengue infection during pregnancy poses a risk of hemorrhage to mother and infant, if it develops near term. 

In an interview, Senior Medical Officer at Nishtar Medical Unversity Dr Imran Rafiq said that severe dengue can cause obstetric complication, caesarean delivery, popularly known as C-Section, fatal distress and maternal morbidity.

He informed that medical research showed incubation period of dengue fever was from 7 to 10 days, with sudden onset of high fever, severe pain in muscles and joints, headache, and pain in eyes.

The severity of the disease was defined by presence of plasma leakage, haemorrhage or organ involvement.  Some patients could face gastrointestinal bleeding (bleeding from stomach or intestine) and nose bleeding.

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