A Researcher from Tsinghua University, A center for Disease Control and Prevention in China discovered that the blood serum iron helps to control the infection from the dengue virus.
The multinational team of researchers found that if the iron intake in the body is increased, it poses as an effective way to reduce and sterilize the transmission of the dengue virus which is generally caused by a female Aedes mosquito. This can be concluded that the mosquitos tend to feed iron-deficient blood. The blood constituents may affect the spread of dengue, which was concluded when the researchers conducted a series of tests to screen blood components. This led them to discover that human blood serum iron is able to harmonize dengue virus infection by mosquitos, with an inverse relationship.
The increment in iron supplementation report typically demonstrates that mosquitos are less likely to be infected with the dengue virus when they feed on blood with high levels of iron. This works through a mechanism where the iron in the mosquito’s internal organs will produce more reactive oxygen species and prevent the uptake of the dengue virus by the mosquitos. This study gave a new perspective and a quite simpler alternative where the disease can be merely controlled by giving iron-rich supplements or drugs to a patient suffering from dengue. Unlike the previous remedies had formalities which required increasing blood platelets by donating extra blood to the patients. And the situation used to get even worse when the patient had a blood group which was hard to get in critical situations where a single second could result in loss of life.