Essay on The Causes Of Endemic Dengue Virus

1248 Words Dec 4th, 2016 5 Pages
A virus is a very small pathogenic antigen that requires a host cell to replicate to cause harm. The virus can attach itself to several kinds of living host such as plants, animals, bacteria and archaea. Although there is some exception, virus is very specific when it comes to appending a host. Animal virus only affects animals, same goes with archaea, bacteria and plant viruses. One specific virus that is endemic to countries near the equator is the dengue virus. DENV or dengue virus, is prevalent in the Philippines and causes outbreaks throughout the country. The dengue virus, is a mosquito-borne single strand RNA virus that comes from the genus Flavivirus (Back & Lundkvist). The purpose of this paper is to identify the causes of the endemic dengue virus such as geographical location, economic condition and more importantly method of transmission and prevention.
Philippines is a country located in Southeast Asia with a population estimated to about 100,098,000 people (Bersales). The general climate of the Philippines is mainly tropical and the vast majority of the islands is covered by dense rainforest. The country is a perfect breeding ground for the dengue virus carriers, which is mainly female mosquitoes of the Aedes aegypti species. Because of the particular climate, heavy rains and floods creates an artificial water container such as tires, jars and cans during wet season where these particular type of mosquitoes primarily breed (Back & Lundkvist). Dengue virus…

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