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<< Dengue is transmitted by the bite of an Aedes mosquito infected with any one of the four dengue viruses. It occurs in tropical and sub-tropical areas of the world. Symptoms appear 3—14 days after the infective bite. Dengue fever is a febrile illness that affects infants, young children and adults.

 

Symptoms range from a mild fever, to incapacitating high fever, with severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, and rash. There are no specific antiviral medicines for dengue. It is important to maintain hydration. Use of acetylsalicylic acid (e.g. aspirin) and non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. Ibuprofen) is not recommended. >>

 

Key facts:

 

- Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection.

 

- The infection causes flu-like illness, and occasionally develops into a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue.

 

- The global incidence of dengue has grown dramatically in recent decades.

 

- About half of the world's population is now at risk.

 

- Dengue is found in tropical and sub-tropical climates worldwide, mostly in urban and semi-urban areas.

 

- Severe dengue is a leading cause of serious illness and death among children in some Asian and Latin American countries.

 

- There is no specific treatment for dengue/ severe dengue, but early detection and access to proper medical care lowers fatality rates below 1%.

 

- Dengue prevention and control solely depends on effective vector control measures.

 

There are four distinct, but closely related, serotypes of the virus that cause dengue (DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3 and DEN-4). Recovery from infection by one provides lifelong immunity against that particular serotype. However, cross-immunity to the other serotypes after recovery is only partial and temporary. Subsequent infections by other serotypes increase the risk of developing severe dengue.

 

 

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