Dengue Study Frequently Asked Questions

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Who does this benefit?

The entire world, especially those in areas where dengue is present like the Caribbean, South America, Asia, Puerto Rico and Hawaii. The Department of Defense is interested in this information to help better protect soldiers deployed to these areas.

How much of a time commitment is this?

This is a 6 month time commitment, with most of the clinical visits taking place in the first month, followed by spaced out visits for the next 5 months.

How much money will I get?

You will be compensated up to $3,350.

How flexible are the study visits?

We understand that participating in a study is a time commitment. We will do our best to work with you to schedule your visits at a time that fits with your schedule and meets the requirements of the study.

What if I don't qualify?

That is alright! We offer many other studies that you would most likely qualify for. You can view themhere

Can I spread the dengue virus to my kids/loved one/strangers on the bus?

Great question. Dengue fever is only transmitted by mosquito bites of a certain type of mosquito. Not by humans.

Where are you located?

We are located at 505 Irving Ave, in the city of Syracuse. The CRU is located on the first floor. Enter the building through the main entrance, take a left, go through double doors, and then take another left.

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Where do I park?

We have an agreement with the Madison-Irving parking garage located across Madison Ave from the Institute for Human Performance. Park in that garage, and bring your ticket to us. We will validate it.

Can I donate blood during or after the study?

No. You were given a weakened live virus. Even though it is weaker, it can still cause problems for anyone who receives your donated blood.

Is my health information collected in this study kept confidential?

Absolutely. We only use it for the purposes of this study, and even then, we only use them to make sure you are healthy. The records are kept with our study materials in order to follow study regulations. They are not given to anyone, and only study employees are able to view them.

Can I withdraw from the study?

Yes. Your participation is voluntary, from the very beginning to the very end. We would hate to see you go, but we would not stop you.

Are there any costs to me for participating in the study?

The only cost is time. You must be willing to make every visit that we schedule for you, as well as willing to take the time to get over the virus, should you become sick.

What happens during the hospitalization part of this study?

You will be admitted to the Community Campus of SUNY Upstate, located off of Route 173. There, you will be given fluids, anti-fever medication, and plenty of rest as the virus runs its course. Once you test negative for the virus, and of course feel better, you will be discharged. For each day you remain in the hospital, you will be compensated double what you get for the clinical visits.

Will I die?

In people infected with natural dengue, severe forms can result in death when good medical care is not promptly available. However, this is not the case here. This is not "natural dengue" as it was created in a lab and purposely weakened. You are given plenty of oversight as you progress through the study, and therefore are receiving better-than-good medical care, because we know what you are afflicted with.