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Dengue Fever- By, Mihir The Great

  • Common Name:Dengue Fever
  • Scientific Name:Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever also known as break bone fever because it can be very painful.

What is dengue fever?

  • Dengue fever is a flu-like illness spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.
  • Dengue hemorrhagic fever is a severe, often fatal, complication of dengue fever.

Where can Dengue fever be found?

  • Dengue viruses can be found in tropical areas of the world like Africa, Asia, the pacific, Australia and the Americas, and recently a lot in China.
  • The mosquitoes that transmit dengue live among humans and breed in discarded tires, flower pots, old oil drums, and water storage containers close to human dwellings.
  • Unlike the mosquitoes that cause malaria, dengue mosquitoes bite during the day.



How can it be spread or transmitted?

  • Dengue and dengue hemorrhagic fever are caused by any of the dengue family of viruses. Infection with one virus does not protect a person against infection with another.
  • Dengue Fever can be caused by Aedes mosquitoes, it can be caused by the mosquito biting a infected person then biting another normal person, giving him the disease.

How long before the symptoms start appearing?


  • The time between form when a mosquito bites to the start of symptoms is about, on average 4-6 days, for about 3-14 days the infected person cannot pass on the disease, but can still be a source for dengue mosquitos, which will take the infected persons blood and pass it on to someone else giving him the virus.


What are the symptoms of this disease, is it deadly?

  • Dengue fever usually starts suddenly with a high fever, rash, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, and muscle and joint pain. The joint pain was so painful/severe that the disease was named break-bone fever.More symptoms are nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite are common.
  • A rash usually appears 3 to 4 days after the start of the fever. The illness can last up to 10 days, but complete recovery can take as long as a month. Older children and adults are usually sicker than young children.
  • However there is a more severe case of dengue fever called Dengue Hemorrhagic which causes the following symptoms: the blood vessels start to leak and cause bleeding from the nose, mouth, and gums. Bruising can be a sign of bleeding inside the body. Without prompt treatment, the blood vessels can collapse, causing shock (dengue shock syndrome). Dengue hemorrhagic fever is fatal in about 5 percent of cases, mostly among children and young adults.

Can it be cured, how?

  • There is no specific treatment for dengue. People with dengue fever should rest and drink plenty of fluids. They should be kept away from mosquitoes for the protection of others. Dengue hemorrhagic fever is treated by replacing lost fluids. Some patients need transfusions to control bleeding.





Resources:
Title: Dengue, Author: Health Promotion and education Date:Unknown, Web Address: http://www.dhpe.org/infect/dengue.html
Title: Dengue Fever, Author: Wikipedia, Date: Last modified: 16 August 2010, original posting of article: Unknown, Web Address: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dengue_fever