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Dengue: What you need to know

The alarming rise in cases of dengue across cities in the country has become an increasing cause of worry. Recently, the death of 80-year-old legendary Bollywood director Yash Chopra from dengue has once again highlighted that the vector disease is not only a poor man's illness. All income classes are vulnerable. Dengue can be fatal, particularly for children and the elderly who are low on immunity.  It now more important than ever to be aware of the risk factors, and protect yourself. Prevention in this case, is truly better than cure.
Experts say dengue fever usually starts within a week of the infection. Symptoms include high fever, headache, pain behind the eyes, pain in the joints and muscles, nausea and vomiting, and rashes on the skin.
Dengue: Symptoms, causes and treatment
What is dengue?
Dengue is a disease caused by a family of viruses that are transmitted by mosquitoes. Dengue cannot be spread directly from person to person, i.e., is not contagious. A person can only bec…

'A billion smartphone users worldwide'

There are over one billion smartphone users worldwide, with Apple being credited with catalysing industry growth, a US study has found.
The revelation comes nearly two weeks after social networking site Facebook said it has over one billion users.
According to the report by the US research and consulting firm Strategy Analytics, the number of smartphone users surpassed the one billion mark during the third quarter of 2012.
Most of the world does not yet own a smartphone and there remains huge scope for future growth, particularly in emerging markets such as China, India and Africa," revealed Strategy Analytics.
It has taken 16 years for the smartphone industry to reach this historic milestone. But as per analytics forecast the next billion to be achieved in less than three years, by 2015.
The Nokia Communicator, introduced in 1996, was the world's first modern smartphone, but demand grew exponentially for the devices after Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007, which "rev…