Dengue disease, or famously known as dengue fever, is a recurring illness that mainly affects the population of tropical and subtropical climates. With over 120 countries falling under this climate, the data reveals that approximately 40,000 deaths annually occur due to the dengue virus, as it is one the most important mosquito-borne viral disease in humans.
Spread by several species of female mosquitos of the Aedes family, a vaccine to cure dengue is already approved and available commercially in many countries. Read on to know more about dengue, its examination, and tests, etc.
Dengue Fever NS1 Antigen Test – An Overview
What is the Dengue NS1 Antigen Test?
Dengue non-structural protein 1 (NS1) test is an alternative biomarker test for the diagnosis of acute dengue infection. Through the NS1 test, a dengue virus can be detected within 24 hours up to 9 days after the onset of the symptoms. This test detects the specific protein that gets released into the blood after an attack by the dengue virus. This test is usually advised within 8 days of the viral attack.
Why Dengue NS1 test is Done?
The main purpose of the Dengue NS1 test is to evaluate the presence of non-structural protein 1 in the blood. This protein gets secreted into the bloodstream after the body is infected with the dengue virus. NS1 is detectable only during the acute phase of the infection. This test is developed for use in serum.
What are the Parameters measured in the Dengue NS1 test?
There are mainly two parameters to measure in the Dengue NS1 test.
- Positive result: A positive NS1 test confirms the presence of dengue virus infection in the blood. However, it doesn’t indicate any serotype information. Thus, it doesn’t affect the care and medicine a patient needs but is needed only for surveillance purposes.
- Negative result: A negative NS1 test confirms no infection. However, it doesn’t rule out dengue completely. Further tests like IgM antibodies are required to determine possible exposure to the dengue virus.
Any Prerequisites for the Dengue NS1 Test?
There are no such pre-requisites before giving your blood sample for the Dengue IgG antibody test. However, if your sample is going for other tests along with the antibody test, you may require fasting for 9-12 hours before giving the sample. Check this with your doctor or health professional beforehand.
How Dengue NS1 Test is Performed?
Your blood sample is required to perform a Dengue NS1 test. The healthcare professional will use a thin needle and draw the blood from your veins in one of your arms near the elbow. Whether you choose a hospital, clinic, laboratory, or home collection service to give your blood sample, the process remains the same.
Why Choose SpiceHealth?
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THINGS TO KNOW AFTER GETTING TESTED
Interpretations of Dengue NS1 Test Results
There are two outcomes in a Dengue NS1 test report.
Positive result: A positive NS1 test confirms the presence of dengue virus infection in the blood. However, it doesn’t indicate any serotype information, which doesn’t affect the care and medicine a patient needs but only for surveillance purposes.
Negative result: A negative NS1 test confirms no infection. However, it doesn’t rule out dengue completely. Further tests like IgM antibodies are required to determine possible exposure to the dengue virus.
However, an advanced interpretation of results is done by the doctor, keeping in mind the signs, symptoms, medical history, and reports of other tests along with the Dengue NS1 test.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Do I need to visit the clinic or laboratory to give the blood sample?
That is up to you. SpiceHealth provides home sample collection as well. In case it is convenient for you to come to our laboratory, you can book an appointment and there will be no waiting! Also, our health professionals are available to collect your sample from your home.
Can dengue fever be spread from person to person?
No. The dengue virus does not spread from human to human or any respiratory secretions or fluids. It spreads if a mosquito bites an infected person and then bites a healthy person.
Can I get reinfected with dengue if I have had dengue before?
There is a possibility of reinfection because out of four serotypes of the dengue virus, you may be infected from only one. As there is no protection to all serotypes but only to the one that you got infected with, you are exposed to all other serotypes.
Is Dengue 100% curable?
As dengue is a virus, there is no cure available to get immune to the dengue virus completely. However, protecting yourself by limiting the exposure can help mitigate the chances of contracting the virus. Please always follow the local guidelines of dengue by health services available in your area.
Is SpiceHealth a certified laboratory for dengue and other tests?
Absolutely! SpiceHealth is a 100% certified diagnostic company that was launched by the promoters of SpiceJet. SpiceHealth’s mission is to revolutionise healthcare in India as the company visions a country where affordable and accessible healthcare is a human right.
STEPS OF BOOKING
Instructions to Book an Appointment
The details about this test mentioned on our website are for reference purpose only. It is recommended to contact a doctor for interpreting and understanding the test reports. Booking a Dengue NS1 Antigen test is easy! All you need to do is, visit our website www.spicehealth.com and book your test online. Just enter your mobile number or mail, generate an OTP, add your details and schedule your appointment. No documents are needed at the time of booking; a few basic details are all we want. Also, we offer contactless doorstep collection services as well.
You can also book the appointment for your test by dialing our customer care number i.e. +91-124-4967000.
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