HOSPITAL-BASED SEROPREVALENCE AMONG SUSPECTED CASES OF DENGUE IN A TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL
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Deepali Dilip Belurkar, Poonam Chanderlal Sharma, Poorva Abhishek Sule
2017 Journal of Evolution of Medical and Dental Sciences  
BACKGROUND Dengue has been one of the most important public health issues in tropical and subtropical regions of the world due to the spread of the vector infestation in domestic environments and the potential of dengue virus infection to cause successive epidemics in highly urbanised settings. This retrospective observational study was undertaken to determine the occurrence of dengue in clinically suspected patients in and around Thane so as to be able to formulate strategies to combat this
more » ... s to combat this menace. MATERIALS AND METHODS Blood samples were collected from 1986 clinically suspected Dengue Fever (DF) or Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever (DHF) cases attending a tertiary care health centre in a metropolitan city from September 2015 to August 2016. Sera were tested for dengue specific IgM and IgG antibodies by immunochromatographic strip. RESULTS Out of 1986 patients, 479 were seropositive for dengue antibodies, prevalence being 24.12%. Amongst seropositive cases, 46.35% were IgM positive. Besides these, 31.73% were also positive for both IgM and IgG while 21.92% were only IgG positive. CONCLUSION Dengue is becoming an emerging problem in Thane. Hence, diagnosis at an early stage is the effective strategy to control disease progression. HOW TO CITE THIS ARTICLE: Belurkar DD, Sharma PC, Sule PA. Hospital-based seroprevalence among suspected cases of dengue in a tertiary care hospital.
doi:10.14260/jemds/2017/816 fatcat:wold5cpecnbynawmbsnr2baiwu