Dengue Fever

General Information

Dengue Fever is a mosquito-born tropical disease caused by the dengue virus which can affect any age group. There a 5 types of Dengue Fever. The first recognized epidemics occurred almost simultaneously in Asia, Africa, and North America in the 1780s. Symptoms may include high fever, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, body aches and joint pains, nausea or vomiting, and commonly a rash forms. Another form is the Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever. Symptoms of DHF may include those similar to dengue fever plus, severe and continuous pain in abdomen, bleeding from the nose, mouth and gums or skin bruising, frequent vomiting with or without blood, black stools, excessive thirst (dry mouth), pale, cold skin, restlessness, or sleepiness. Overall the mortality rate of these diseases is about 1%, however DHF's mortality rate is about 50%. This virus affects between 50 and 528 million people each year and kills 500,00 to 1 million of them.

Dengue Fever

Diagnosis/Treatment/Prevention

Doctors diagnose this disease based on reported symptoms and physical examination. there is no specific medicine or antibiotic to treat it. the only thing doctors can do is provide medicine to treat the symptoms. Preventing this virus from spreading is very easy, simply prevent mosquito bites. Take every precaution necessary to make sure you don't contract the virus.