Dengue fever symptoms are typically more severe in adults than in children. Common, early Dengue infection symptoms are fever, headache, and sometimes severely painful body aches.
Dengue fever is a viral infection (genus Flavivirus) spread by mosquitoes and is common in tropical and sub-tropical regions throughout the world. The disease can not be spread from person to person.
Dengue fever infection symptoms:
- runny nose
- painful body aches
- bleeding from nose, mouth, under the skin
- difficulty breathing
- pain from behind the eye
Diagnosis is typically by laboratory blood testing.
Although there is no specific treatment, key measures are aimed at relieving symptoms and decreasing the longevity of the infection. Rehydration is key.
Prevention and control of the spread of the disease requires protection from mosquito bites. Measures involve avoidance of being in contact with, or being bitten by, mosquitoes.
Insect repellents, wearing long sleeve shirts and long pants, and avoiding mosquito breeding areas are effective preventative steps.