What Is Dengue Fever

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What Is Dengue Fever ?

Dengue fever is viral disease that is spread through the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito which carries the dengue virus.

The disease is quite prevalent in tropical and subtropical regions, especially in the countries of Southeast Asia and South America. It has been seen that dengue fever is increasing in frequency in southern US and along the Texas-Mexican border.At the moment, there is no treatment for dengue fever. The only recourse is to ensure that the mosquito population is low by doing away the breeding sites, and by avoiding getting bitten by the mosquito that carries the dengue virus.

Dengue fever is brings about flu-like symptoms. In addition, the person will also suffer from a characteristic rash that starts from the extremities and spreads to the rest of the body. A person suffering from dengue fever can also get dengue hemorrhagic fever, which is a severe form of dengue fever and it is usually fatal.

If you get infected by the dengue virus, you will not be protected against future infections. The Aedes mosquito transmits the virus after biting an infected person and then going and biting an uninfected person. It has been seen that dengue fever is more common in urban areas than rural areas. The disease is not found in elevations that are more than 4,000 feet.

The mosquitoes that cause dengue fever tend to breed in discarded flower pots, tires, water storage containers and disused oil drums. They also tend to feed during the day unlike the mosquitoes that cause malaria.

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