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Dengue fever may increase risk of stroke: Study

IANS  |  Taipei 

People with fever may have a higher risk of stroke, especially in the first two months following infection, a new study has claimed.

is a that infects at least 100 million people every year around the world, with about 4 billion people at risk of the illness, which includes hemorrhagic fever that can lead to spontaneous bleeding, organ failure and death.

"Clinicians in dengue-endemic areas should be aware of this association, especially for patients with who have or for patients with who have unexplained fever," said Chia-from the Hospital in Taiwan.

is a severe neurologic complication of fever, described in only a few case reports. The incidence and risk factors for in patients with remain unclear, the researchers said.

We conducted a population-based retrospective cohort study to investigate the risk of in patients with dengue, the researchers added.

For the study, published in Journal, the researchers looked at data on 13,787 patients (most between 31 and 60 years of age) with newly diagnosed between 2000 and 2012.

They found the incidence of was higher in people with fever.

The risk of was as high as 2.49 times in the first two months of with relative to control patients who did not have dengue," the researchers said.

"Our findings may help with clinical risk evaluation and may serve as a basis for further investigation of the pathogenesis of dengue-related stroke," they noted.



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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 15:38 IST