WANTED DENGUE FEVER

By: Regan Philips

SYMPTOMS

Dengue Fever Symptoms and Signs. Primary symptoms of dengue appear three to 15 days after the mosquito bite and include high fever and severe headache, with severe pain behind the eyes that is apparent when trying to move the eyes. Other associated symptoms are joint pain, muscle and bone pain, rash, and mild bleeding.

MADE OF INFECTION

The virus infects your blood and causes a migraine-like headache, rash, achiness, queasiness, tiredness and fever. It can affect the blood, causing mild bleeding of the gums, and you may bruise easily. Once you have recovered from dengue fever, antibodies are left in your system, making your reaction to the disease more severe if you are infected a second time.

LIKELY VICTIMS

Dengue flourishes in urban poor areas, suburbs and the countryside

PREVENTION

There is currently no vaccination available for dengue fever. There is a vaccine undergoing clinical trials, but it is too early to tell if it will be safe or effective.

TREATMENT

There is no specific medication for treatment of a dengue infection. Persons who think they have dengue should use analgesics (pain relievers) with acetaminophen and avoid those containing ibuprofen, Naproxen, aspirin or aspirin containing drugs.
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ORIGIN/ OUTBREAKS

The first recognized Dengue epidemics occurred almost simultaneously in Asia, Africa, and North America in the 1780s, shortly after the identification and naming of the disease in 1779. The first confirmed case report dates from 1789 and is by Benjamin Rush, who coined the term "break-bone fever" because of the symptoms of myalgia and arthralgia.


Outbreaks: Tropical Areas

SCIENTIFIC NAME/ COMMON NAME

Scientific Name: Dengue Fever


Common Name: Break-Bone Fever

CITATIONS

"Dengue Fever: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments." WebMD. WebMD. Web. 10 Jan. 2015. <http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/dengue-fever-reference>.

"Dengue and Severe Dengue." WHO. Web. 10 Jan. 2015. <http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs117/en/>.