Dengue Fever Symptoms, Treatment, Causes
Dengue fever is a disease caused by viruses that are transmitted to people by mosquitoes. The disease has also been termed “breakbone” or “dandy fever” because the unusually severe muscle and joint pains can make people assume distorted body positions or exaggerated walking movements in an effort to reduce their pain.
Dengue fever can vary from mild to several forms include dengue shock syndrome and dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF). Patients who develop the most serious forms of dengue fever usually need to be hospitalized. Symptoms of infection usually begin 4-7 days after the mosquito bite and typically last 3-10 days.
There are currently no vaccines for dengue fever. The best way to prevent the disease is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes altogether. Although there is no precise treatment for dengue, it is treatable if caught before developing into dengue shock syndrome or dengue hemorrhagic fever.