Wednesday, 26 November, 2008 | 19:50 WIB
TEMPO Interactive, JEMBER:The dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) found in Jember seems to be the most aggressive, and as such, is the most lethal virus of its kind in East Java. “The gene’s mutation process is also more rapid than similar viruses in other areas,” said Fedik A. Rantam, the Institute of Tropical Disease’s (ITD) virologist from Airlangga University in Surabaya, yesterday.
An ITD study conducted since 2000 showed that the dengue family flaviviridae in Jember was more aggressive compared to samples of similar viruses taken from a other areas in East Java. The virus has a pathogenic character which is now used as a sample to make a DNA vaccine against dengue fever. This comes at a time when for the last two years, there have been changes in the patterns of the DB virus attack.
Normally, when people catch the DB virus, the symptoms would be red spots, high fever or a bleeding nose, ear or mouth. Now, the symptom could manifest itself in the form of diarrhea, fever, and temporary blindness. Some virus, which may emanate in more subtle ways, normally attacks adults and over-weight people.