Dengue Fever

By: Madison Wojciechowski

Dengue fever

Dengue Fever is a type of virus caused by a primary infection. Dengue is a viral disease of the tropics, that is caused by mosquitoes, causing a sudden fever.

How the disease is Transmitted

The disease is transmitted by mosquitoes to humans. The humans get infected by the mosquito then get the disease later. The mosquitoes originally got the disease by biting an infected person then biting a perfecting healthy person after that.

Dengue Fever has spread to the U.S. by boats. The boats usually come from its origin, the tropics, (Martinique and Guadeloupe).

Treatment now

Back then obviously there wasn't a lot of vaccines and stuff like that. But now there are a lot more. There is no treatment for Dengue Fever though. The most they can do is if it gets bad enough to give you an IV fluid bag. Or else they just say take lots of tylonel and fluids, just like the old days.

There are 6 vaccines for Dengue. The thing is that none of the Vaccines are yet developed enough to actually use. But shortly after the disease took off they say the vaccination back then was to drink very small portions of rum.

Symptoms of Dengue Fever

The symptoms of Dengue Fever are; fever as high as 106 degrees, headaches, muscle, bone, and joint pain, and pain behind your eyes. Symptoms that aren't always there but may happen are; widespread rash, nausea, vomiting, and the most rare is minor bleeding from your gums, and your nose.

Places it can occur

Dengue can occur in lots of places obviously. But the most common places are; Southeast Asia, and the Western Pacific Islands. The disease is spreading rapidly though in Latin America, and The Caribbean.

the islands that have also dealt with Dengue Fever are; Kiribati, French Polynesia, and New Caledonia since 2013. There have also been some cases to be reported in the Solomon islands.

Organs that are effected

The organs that are effected by Dengue Fever are; The heart, liver, and lungs. The inside of your body may be effected by bleeding sometimes. It also can effect your mouth and/or nose by the bleeding from them.

Deaths that occur every year

You probably know that a lot of people die every year, but did you know that 250,000 people die a year from dengue?

There are millions of cases reported every year.

What population does it effect?

It effects 40% of the worlds population. It effects over more than 100 countries since the 17th and 18th century.

Similar diseases

Other similar diseases to Dengue are: The Measles, Entric Fever, Leptospirosis, Typhus Fever, and Malaria.


some statistics that I found out is that the symptoms for dengue fever usually start showing four to seven days after the mosquito has bit you. The symptoms usually last three to ten days.


It's Origin

There is a lot to know about its origin. Like the earliest case of the disease was reported to be in the jin dynasty medical book in 265-420 AD. And Dengue has been in more than 100 countries.

The first case (besides in the islands) was to say in three different continents all at once. Asia, Africa, And North America.

was there ever somebody that didn't know they had Dengue?

Her name was Jeanette Potter.

"She got it in Atlanta. She is the first known of a Dengue Fever outbreak that has since led to more than 2 dozen confirmed cases."

Her symptoms were: pains in her joints, and bones, a headache, chills, a fever, hurt to move her eyes, and 'discolored urine'

nobody knew exactly what she had. At first the doctors thought that she had a urinary tract infection, then they thought she had spinal meningitis, and then finally they figured out that she had Dengue Fever, after they sent the test to a CDC office that was located in Puerto, Rico.

she was the first person to have dengue fever since 1934 in California.


It affects 40% of the world's population. It affects over more than 100 countries since the 17th and 18th century.

Dengue fever was originally spread from one of the first cases by boats.

Only back then there was a treatment. But it wasn't very good of a treatment. The treatment was small portions of rum.

before world war one certain cities would have small portions of dengue fever, but for some reasons no more than one case per city.

in the year of 1635 the disease started up again rapidly spreading to cities.

Dengue Fever was named in 1779.

the fist confirmed case report dates 1789 by Benjamin rush. "Coined term break bone fever because of symptoms of arthralgia, and myalgia.

The four Dengue viruses originated in monkeys but then 100-800 years ago switched to humans in Asia and Africa.

Japan although had a case of September 15th, 2014


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