It was a mild version of dengue that we were not even aware he had been exposed to the infection before. That day, it hurts because my firstborn was in the hospital for dengue for the second time.
With my son’s first infection with the dengue virus, the doctor explained that my boy’s immune system reacted normally and created antibodies to fight the viral invaders. For his second infection, though, instead of neutralizing the virus, “the antibodies sort of bind to it, help invade the immune system’s other cells, and then spread.”
When dengue strikes twice
It was October 2015 when my firstborn was sent to the hospital because of dengue, for the second time. We were not aware that he had dengue before. His second dengue infection nearly caused his life. Though his antibodies recognized the new type of viruses, instead of neutralizing the viruses, the antibodies band to them and helped invade the immune system’s other cells and spread. My son stayed in the hospital for nearly a week. That week – for this mother – seemed months.