The WHO has reported an increase over 8 fold over the last two decades in the number of dengue cases, from 5,05,430 cases in 2000 to over 2.4 million in 2010, and 5.2 million in 2019.
- Hemagglutination-inhibition (HI),
- Complement fixation (CF),
- Neutralization test (NT),
- Immunoglobulin M (IgM) capture enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (MAC-ELISA), and
- Indirect immunoglobulin G ELISA.
Despite the test used, unequal serologic diagnosis is directly proportional to the significant rise in the titer of specific antibodies between febrile- and chronic-phase serum samples.
Platelet counts need to be monitored as per the trating physician advice.
Dr Dangs Lab’s recommend their Fever Panels blood tests (Basic & Advance) to guide the Physician by screening for a few of the common causes for fevers (included in FP basic) such as Malaria, Typhoid, Dengue and Urine infections.
It also includes a CBC with ESR which is often the most prescribed test for any fever and offers a wealth of information by way of blood counts including the platelet count.
This helps in defining the nature of fever and its treatment.
Moreover, Dr Dangs Lab’s — Fever Panel Advanced blood test has all the benefits of the Fever panel Basic, along with culture/ sensitivity for urine, throat and blood samples to check for bacterial growth and provide antibiotics that the infection would respond and be resistant to. HS-CRP helps to check the level of in flammation coexisting with the fever and is also an important marker to herald recovery.
To conclude, awareness of the general public, timely prevention and the right test at the right time is crucial to combat Dengue.