This mosquito borne illness is common in many parts of the world and LiveMD wants you to have the facts to identify the symptoms and protect yourself from infection.
What is Dengue Fever?
Dengue Fever is an illness that is common in warm, tropical regions. It is spread by mosquitos and affects over 390 million people each year, worldwide. There is no preventative vaccine or cure available for this virus and in severe cases it can be fatal.
What are the Symptoms of Dengue Fever?
After being bitten by an infected mosquito it can take anywhere from 3 to 14 days for symptoms to begin to show. The most common symptoms are flu-like in nature that consist of fever, nausea, vomiting and a headache. Some people may also experience a rash, muscle and joint pain and pain behind the eyes. Many people will recover from these symptoms within a few days. In some cases, however, the virus can progress and develop into Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever which is a much more severe infection. Symptoms of this include severe and persistent vomiting, bleeding from the nose and gums, painful abdominal cramping and extreme fatigue. If medical care is not received this severe form of dengue fever may lead to death.
When someone recovers from dengue fever, they will have immunity to the virus for the remainder of their life.
How Can I Keep My Family Safe?
SInce there is no vaccine and no cure available for dengue fever, the best way to keep from getting sick is to prevent getting bitten by mosquitos in the first place. The risk of being bitten is higher at sunrise and at sunset so it is best to stay inside during these times. It is also recommended to stay away from densely forested areas or areas with long grasses, especially during peak mosquito periods.
Mosquitos use standing water as a breeding ground to lay their eggs. Any buckets, containers or puddles should be emptied after every rainfall to avoid attracting more mosquitos and allowing them to reproduce.
If is also important to use mosquito repellent and to wear long pants and long sleeved shirts while outside. Mosquito netting placed around your bed can be helpful in preventing a bite while you are sleeping.
Although there is no cure for this virus, if medical attention is received promptly and the symptoms of dengue fever are properly treated, then a full recovery should be expected.
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