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Interesting Facts About Dengue Fever

By: Ajanta Sen

Dengue fever is a devastating and painful disease which is conveyed to individuals via mosquitoes that are infected with the dengue virus. If you wnat to know of certain facts on dengue fever, then read on!

What is dengue fever? This fever cannot spread from one individual to another directly. It can spread only if a dengue virus infected mosquito bites another individual.

The dengue fever is accompanied by high fever (104 degree to 105 degree Fahrenheit), joint pain, headache, muscle pain and skin rashes.

Interesting Facts About Dengue Fever

Dandy fever and Breakbone fever are some other names of dengue fever. This article highlights on some of the health facts about dengue fever.

Following are some interesting facts about dengue fever that you must know about, keep reading:

1) The dengue fever is triggered by any one among the 4 very closely related dengue fever viruses.

2) Dengue is passed on among individuals by Aedes Albopictus and Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes, which are present all over the world.

Interesting Facts About Dengue Fever

3) Almost 40 per cent of the world’s population dwells in areas which are at a high risk of dengue fever.

4) This fever is prevalent in almost hundred countries in America, Asia, Caribbean and the Pacific.

5) As per the approximate calculation of the World Health Organization (WHO), around 50 to 100 dengue infections take place every year, which includes 5 lakh DHF (or Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever) cases and nearly 22000 demises, especially children are the major victims.

6) The symptoms of dengue infection normally start within four to seven days after an infected mosquito bites you and the symptoms can last for three to ten days.

7) So far there has been no vaccine to treat dengue; moreover, no particular medicines are available for the treatment of dengue fever.

8) Prevention is the best and the most vital solution to treat dengue.

An early clinical diagnosis can help your doctor to cure the Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (or DHF) by means of the fluid replacement therapy.

Interesting Facts About Dengue Fever

Symptoms Of Dengue Fever

In order to know more on the health facts about dengue fever, you should also know about the various symptoms of dengue, which can vary depending upon the severity of the fever.

The various symptoms of dengue fever, when it is in mild state, are joint and muscle aches, high fever, pain at the back of your eyes, severe headache, vomiting and body rashes. These symptoms generally vanish after 6-7 days. Mild dengue barely leads to any fatal problems.

Interesting Facts About Dengue Fever

Symptoms Of DHF

Some more interesting facts about dengue fever include the symptoms of the Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever or DHF. In the beginning, the symptoms are mild that slowly get worse after a few days.

DHF can cause death if it is not treated at the right time. DHF can include the mild dengue symptoms as well as some more fatal symptoms like nosebleeds, internal bleeding, sensitive stomach, sweaty skin, weak pulse, bleeding from gums and mouth, tiny blood spots beneath your skin, low blood platelet count, injured blood vessels and lymph.

These symptoms may develop and result in heavy bleeding, and shock as well as death. This is also known as DSS or Dengue Shock Syndrome.

Interesting Facts About Dengue Fever

Prevention Of Dengue Fever

Some of the most interesting facts about dengue fever also include the various tips on how to prevent the spread of the disease, have a look.

1) Make sure to cover yourself with a full-sleeved attire.

2) Don’t let the dengue patient step out of the home. The affected kids should not be sent to school.

3) Consume a lot of water and other fluids like lemonade, coconut water, etc., in order to prevent dehydration.

Interesting Facts About Dengue Fever

4) Always apply a mosquito-repellent lotion or spray, especially during the daytime and whenever you are going out.

5) Use mosquito nets while sleeping or having a nap during the afternoon time.

6) Mosquitoes breed in standing water, and hence avoid keeping any pots of standing water anywhere inside or outside your house.

7) If you have fever for over 2 days, contact a doctor without delay, especially if you are residing in a dengue-prone area.

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Story first published: Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 3:02 [IST]
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