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Tropical viral illness pathology may be mediated by vitamin D supplementation

Posted on: January 31, 2018   by  Riley Peterson & John Cannell, MD.


Imagine developing a severe fever, headache behind the eyes, vomiting skin rash and joint pain. Your condition may continue to worsen in the hospital, as the doctors have no specific treatment for this virus. What could be the problem?

Approximately ⅓ of the world’s population, primarily in tropical and subtropical regions, are at risk for infection of the dengue virus (DENV), which causes dengue fever. This virus is transmitted by mosquito bites, and is characterized by a high fever, muscle and joint pain, vomiting, fatigue and a skin rash. While it will usually subside within 10 days or so, major complications can occur, resulting in massive hemorrhagic bleeding, shock and death. 

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