Dengue fever in pregnancy

Updated: Apr 25, 2019

Any illness is worrying when you are pregnant. If you do contract dengue, seek medical treatment and rest well to avoid complications.

Dengue is endemic in Singapore. Our tropical climate is breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection and causes myalgia, high fever and low platelet level with bleeding tendency. There is no report of teratogenic effect causing any malformation.
Although rare, vertical transmission from the mother to baby can happen. These cases normally occur at the time of delivery. As a result, the affected infants may develop fever and bleeding due to low platelet levels.

5 Symptoms of Dengue

  • High fever and shivers

  • Bleeding gums

  • Severe headache

  • Body / joint pain

  • Rashes

Dengue in Pregnancy

Dengue virus is tiny and can cross the placenta to infect the baby. So if it happens, it may affect the mother and the growing baby. Miscarriage may occur. Baby may also be born prematurely or small.


How to treat Dengue?

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


How to protect yourself against Dengue

There's no vaccine to prevent dengue. Take these steps to avoid getting bitten.

  • Use safe mosquito repellent.

  • Wear loose and fully sleeved clothes.

  • Stay in cool room, as mosquitoes prefer warm environment

  • Clear stagnant water

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




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