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Dengue is characterized by a sudden onset of headaches, severe muscle and joint pains and often also a rash. Nausea and vomiting may also ensue. In its initial phases, dengue as well as other febrile illnesses such as typhus and leptospirosis can be confused with influenza.
* Dengue [DEN-ghee] is a flu-like viral disease spread by the bite of infected mosquitoes. Dengue hemorrhagic fever is a severe, often fatal, complication of dengue.
* Dengue occurs in most tropical areas of the world. Most U.S. cases occur in travelers returning from abroad, but the dengue risk is increasing for persons living along the Texas-Mexico border and in other parts of the southern United States.
* There is no specific treatment for dengue.
* Prevention centers on avoiding mosquito bites in areas where dengue occurs or might occur and eliminating breeding sites.
What is dengue fever? What is dengue hemorrhagic 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.
What is the infectious agent that causes dengue?
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 hemorrhagic fever
DHF is a more severe form of dengue. It can be fatal if unrecognized and not properly treated. DHF is caused by infection with the same viruses that cause dengue.
Symptoms of Dengue hemorrhagic fever
The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Dengue hemorrhagic fever includes the 10 symptoms listed below:
* Sore throat
* Abdominal pain
* Respiratory symptoms
* Breathing difficulty
* Bleeding easily
* See also symptoms of dengue
April 8, 2009
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Health Minister Graciela Ocana said Wednesday that a dengue outbreak in the country has worsened to an epidemic, as nearly 8,000 people are officially reported to be infected with the disease.
"Dengue is here to stay," Ocana said.
Speaking of reassortment: H1N1 vaccines are being made hastily and with critically dangerous adjuvants, as well as H5N1 vaccines, according to WHO. Looks like they're expecting a reassortment, even if H1N1 lone becomes more virulent, itself.