The fight against dengue | In The Moment: Episode 15

BY DBS, 23 OCT 2020
 

2020 has seen the most number of dengue cases recorded in Singapore in a single year, with more than 30,000 cases reported so far.

But what if we told you that there was a test kit that can accurately predict whether a dengue patient goes on to develop severe dengue?

We speak to StratifiCare, a social enterprise that has developed the world’s first severe dengue prediction kit (StratifiDen™). We visited their lab and found out more about how this test kit works, and how it will help doctors make more informed decisions when deciding on whether or not to hospitalise a patient and provide them inpatient treatment.

This will also greatly help patients save unnecessary hospitalisation costs, as patients who are deemed low-risk can be managed as outpatients.

We also had some of your more commonly asked dengue-related questions answered! For example, when are mosquitoes most active and does papaya leaf water actually help dengue symptoms? Watch on to find out more!

StratifiCare is the winner of the inaugural DBS Foundation Social Impact Prize. The support from this will help them roll out pilots across Southeast Asia.

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