What is dengue fever?


Dengue fever also known as breakbone fever and it is caused by dengue virus. Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne infection. There are four different types of dengue virus that causes dengue fever. Dengue can be mild to severe. Dengue hemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome are severe forms of dengue.

Patients with severe forms of dengue must be hospitalized. No dengue fever vaccine is discovered yet. Dengue is a flue like illness and occurs in world’s tropical areas such as America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. It is also common in Caribbean basin. Dengue is most common in rural areas than in the cities. Dengue is uncommon in mountainous areas. There is no specific dengue fever treatment. Prevention can occur by avoiding mosquito bites. Mosquitoes carrying dengue virus breed in water storage containers, oil drums, flower pots and discarded tires. These places are close to human livings. Dengue mosquitoes usually bite during the daytime.


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