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New study links Dengue fever and stroke

The authors of a new study report that people who have been recently hospitalised with dengue fever in Taiwan have more than twice the risk of having a stroke than other patients.

The study analysed data from over 13 thousand patients with the mosquito-borne viral infection and compared them with a control group of patients without dengue.

They found that those people infected with dengue not only had a slightly higher risk of either haemorrhagic and ischemic strokes than the control group, but they were most at risk during the first two months after diagnosis.

Dr Chia-Hung Kao from the Department of Nuclear Medicine and PET Center, China Medical University Hospital, Taiwan, a study author, said: “Clinicians in dengue-endemic areas should be aware of this association, especially for patients with dengue who have neurologic deficits or for patients with stroke who have unexplained fever.”

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