What is Dengue?
Dengue is an infectious disease caused by a virus, which is transmitted by a type of mosquito that bites during daylight hours.
Dengue is the most common infection caused by viruses transmitted by mosquitos.
How common is Dengue?
Dengue is most common among older children, adolescents and adults. It is not naturally transmitted in the UK. The risk of travellers catching dengue depends on the countries they visit, how long they stay in the endemic area, the season of travel and the intensity of transmission in that area.
What are the symptoms of Dengue?
Symptoms of dengue include feeling as though you have the flu, severe headache, eye pain, a high temperature, severe aching in your joints, severe muscle pain, chills, a red skin rash and nausea and vomiting.
How is Dengue treated?
Dengue cannot be cured since it is a virus. It is best to be treated in hospital in case your symptoms get worse. Treatment will include keeping your fluid levels balanced, monitoring your temperature and monitoring your blood.
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