Dengue fever or breakbone fever is a painful mosquito borne disease that causes chronic flu-like illness. This disease can be caused by four different viruses, which are spread by a particular type of mosquito. Dengue disease can vary from mild to severe. Dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) and dengue shock syndrome are some of the more severe forms of this fever. You need immediate medical treatment if you are infected with more serious forms of dengue.
Currently, there is no vaccine for this fever. Dengue fever must be treated before it becomes DHF or dengue shock syndrome. This fever is very common in tropical and subtropical areas such as Central and South America, the Pacific, parts of Asia and parts of Africa.
The signs and symptoms of dengue fever vary depending on different severity. The symptoms of mild dengue fever appear within 7 days after the bite of virus carrying mosquito. The symptoms are:
- High fever
- Body rashes that can appear, disappear and then reappear
- Aching muscles and joints
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pain behind the eyes