Dengue in pregnancy: a Southeast Asian perspective

Vanessa Chong, Jennifer Zi Ling Tan, Valliammai Jayanthi Thirunavuk Arasoo

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Dengue cases have been rising in recent years. In 2019 alone, over 658,301 of the 5.6 million reported cases originated from Southeast Asia (SEA). Research has also shown detrimental outcomes for pregnant infected women. Despite this, existing literature describing dengue’s effects on pregnancy in SEA is insufficient. Through this narrative review, we sought to describe dengue’s effects on pregnancy systemically and emphasize the existing gaps in the literature. We extensively searched various journals cited in PubMed and Ovid Medline, national clinical practice guidelines, and governmental reports. Dengue in pregnancy increases the risk of pre-eclampsia, Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF), fetal distress, preterm delivery, Caesarean delivery, and maternal mortality. Vertical transmission, intrauterine growth restriction, and stillbirth are possible sequelae of dengue in fetuses. We found that trimester-specific physiological impacts of dengue in pregnancy (to both mother and child) and investigations and management methods demanded further research, especially in the SEA region.

Original languageEnglish
Article number86
Number of pages24
JournalTropical Medicine and Infectious Disease
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023


  • dengue
  • investigations
  • management
  • physiology
  • pregnancy
  • Southeast Asia
  • trimester

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