Dengue fever is a debilitating viral disease transmitted by mosquitos, not between humans. In extreme cases, it can cause severe pain in the bones, which is why it is sometimes referred to as ‘breakbone fever’.
Every year, around 100 million cases of dengue fever are reported in tropical and subtropical regions of the world, mainly in Asia, Africa and South America.
In its milder format, dengue fever symptoms start showing within the first week of infection. They can include:
In its most severe format, dengue fever symptoms can lead to dengue haemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome, which can result in death, although this is extremely unlikely.
There are four different dengue fever viruses transmitted between humans and mosquitos. A mosquito will contract the virus if it bites an infected human and then passes the virus on to the next human it bites.
If you are travelling to areas of high exposure, there are precautions you can take to avoid becoming the next victim.
Normally, dengue fever will dissipate within two weeks of contracting the disease, severe cases might last longer and require hospital treatment to replenish lost fluids.
There is no cure or vaccine for the virus, but it’s important to inform your healthcare professional if you begin to display dengue fever symptoms. Medical treatment will help manage any discomfort and reduce the risk of complications.
1 CDC Health Information for International Travel 2010 G Brunette (Ed)Pg 323
Disclaimer: The above information is to be used for educational purposes and not as medical advice. Please still take caution and seek a medical professional for further advice in regards to the above, especially if visiting prone areas.
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