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#Dengue season 2022 and pregnancy

Updated: Aug 12, 2022

Beware! Dengue cases are peaking in Singapore. Dengue is endemic in Singapore.

Dengue is Aedes mosquito-borne viral infection and causes myalgia, high fever and low platelets with bleeding.

If you suspect that you have dengue in pregnancy, do seek medical help to avoid complications.

#5 Symptoms of Dengue Fever

  • High fever and shivers

  • Bleeding gums

  • Severe headache

  • Body / joint pain

  • Skin rashes

Dengue in pregnancy

Dengue virus can cross the placenta to infect the baby and may affect the growth of baby. Fortunately, there is no report of dengue causing congenital malformation. High fever can harm the baby. Studies also showed that pregnant mothers are 3X more likely to develop severe dengue. Thus, you may need hospitalisation for monitoring. Vertical transmission from the mother to baby has been reported, usually around the time of delivery. The affected infant may develop fever and bleeding after delivery.

How to treat Dengue in pregnancy

Unfortunately, there is no cure for dengue. It runs its own course and you will get better soon. Dehydration and bleeding may happen, so the doctor will keep a tab on your platelets.

How to protect yourself against Dengue in pregnancy

Vaccine is only useful if you have previously contracted dengue but is not licensed for use in pregnancy. Take these steps instead to avoid getting bitten.

  • Use a pregnancy-safe mosquito repellent. DEET is safe as <10% is absorbed through skin. You can apply on your clothing instead of your skin.

  • Wear loose and be fully sleeved, especially in the evening,

  • Stay in cool room indoors, as mosquitoes prefer warm environment

  • Clear any stagnant water to prevent breeding sites

  • Use mosquito net at night and spray to ward off mosquitoes

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