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Handbook for Clinical Management on Dengue

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World Health Organization, Geneva

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Editors: WHO
Number of pages: 124
Publication date: 2012
Languages: English

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Dengue fever with its wide clinical spectrum - ranging from flu like illness to fatal, severe dengue– requires appropriate clinical diagnosis and management. Despite inexistence of specific antiviral drugs, the known case management is relatively simple, inexpensive and very effective in saving lives as long as correct and timely interventions are instituted. However, there is a clear need to provide more training to health-care workers in this area with aim to reach early recognition and understanding of the clinical problems during the different phases of the disease, leading to a rational approach to case management and a good clinical outcome. This handbook has been developed to answer this need, and it should be made widely available to health-care practitioners at all levels. This handbook is not intended to replace national treatment training materials and guidelines, but it aims to assist in the development of such materials produced at local, national or regional level.