Dengue Fever (Breakbone Fever)
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From: Travel Health Information and Advice


Dengue Fever (Breakbone Fever)
Dengue Fever is a virus that is spread by the Aedes mosquito.

Symptoms of Dengue Fever
Signs and symptoms of the fever can range from mild to more severe with some people showing no symptoms at all. There are two main forms of the infection, Dengue Fever and Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever which can be fatal if left untreated, if you suspect Dengue Fever immediately seek medical attention. Symptoms can include:

The main symptoms of the more serious form, Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever will require prompt medical treatment, especially where children are concerned. A high fever that can last between 3 days to a week, that is often followed by:

Cause of Dengue Fever
Dengue Fever is spread via the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. The mosquito acquires the virus from biting a human infected with Dengue and then subsequently spreads the virus on when it bites another human.

Areas Infected by Dengue Fever
Tropical and subtropical urban areas, especially South America, Asia and the Caribbean.

Testing For Dengue Fever
Dengue is often diagnosed through blood tests and general symptoms of the virus.

Preventing Dengue Fever
There is no vaccine against the virus at present.

Treatment for Dengue Fever
Consult your doctor if you suspect you have Dengue Fever as prompt treatment is essential.


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