Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. Symptoms typically begin three to fourteen days after infection. This may include a high fever, headache, vomiting, muscle and joint pains, and a characteristic skin rash.
- Fever up to 106 F (41 C)
- Pain behind your eyes
- Muscle, bone and joint pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Minor bleeding from your gums or nose
- Widespread rash
Generally, the fever does not last longer than a week. However, there are some cases when symptoms get worse and can even become life-threatening. This can lead to damage of blood cells and the number of thrombocytes in the bloodstream falls.
This can cause…
- Bleeding under the skin, which may look like bruising
- Problems with your lungs, liver and heart
- Severe abdominal pain
- Persistent vomiting
- Bleeding from the nose and mouth
In case you have recently visited a place where dengue fever is common and you suddenly develop a fever, you should visit your doctor immediately.
Dengue fever is a painful, mosquito-borne disease caused by one of four closely related dengue viruses. When a mosquito bites a person infected with a dengue virus, the virus enters the mosquito and when the infected mosquito bites another person, the virus enters that person’s bloodstream.
It is very important to know that once you’ve recovered from dengue fever, you have the immunity to the virus that infected you, but not to the other three dengue viruses. The problem occurs when you get infected a second or a third time because there is a risk of developing dengue hemorrhagic fever which can be very dangerous.
- Living or travelling in tropical areas. High-risk areas are Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.
- Prior infections with a dengue fever virus. If you have previously been infected with dengue fever, the risk of having severe symptoms if you’re infected a second time is much greater. This is especially dangerous for children.
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Source: Health Digezt