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Published: Saturday December 21, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday December 21, 2013 MYT 10:16:31 AM

Women recall ordeal of contracting dengue fever

Recovering: Zarra (left) and Wendy.

Recovering: Zarra (left) and Wendy.

PETALING JAYA: Contracting the fatal form of dengue fever in 1991 while pregnant with her second child caused teacher Norhana Mohamed Hani to realise the importance of maintaining clean surroundings.

She suffered almost all the symptoms of dengue haemorrhagic fever, including developing a high fever and terrible back pains, as well as excreting black stools.

“I also had a low platelet count.

“The ordeal resulted in my daughter being born prematurely. She had to be put into an incubator,” she said, recalling the hellish experience.

“Since then, she has been vigilant about keeping her household and surroundings free of potential Aedes breeding places in order to protect her family.

The ordeal of contracting dengue is still fresh in communications practitioner Zarra Ashikin Zainal’s mind as she was discharged just yesterday from a hospital.

She spent five days there after a medical check-up when she realised she had a very high fever.

“My blood pressure was low and I shivered, feeling cold, when in fact I had a high fever,” she said.

Housewife Wendy Chan, 44, suffered from dengue last year but thought it was a common fever.

However, she soon developed a symptom, itchy red rashes on the palm of her hand, shortly after she was warded in the hospital.

“My doctor suspected dengue because my fever did not subside. I had to go on intravenous drips to keep me hydrated,” she said.

Recalling how she continued to be tired for three to four months after recovering, she said even simple tasks like walking up the stairs were a challenge.

“We keep tilapia fish in the pond as a way to prevent the Aedes from breeding,” she said.

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