Dengue

Dengue is an infection caused by one of four dengue viruses. It is spread to people by infected mosquito bites. Globally, there are about 100 million people who get sick with dengue each year. Dengue can be deadly.

What Are the Symptoms of Dengue?

Most infected people have mild or no symptoms. For those who get sick, the most common symptoms are high fever, headache, pain behind the eyes, joint, muscle or bone pain, rash, vomiting, and unusual bleeding (e.g., nose or gums bleed, unusual bruising). Generally, younger children and those with their first dengue infection have a milder illness than older children and adults. Symptoms typically last between two to seven days.

Severe Dengue Is an Emergency

One in four people who get sick with dengue will not recover and will develop signs and symptoms of severe dengue. Severe dengue is a medical emergency and requires immediate medical care, sometimes hospitalization.

Topic:Physical Health

Keywords:Child illnessesChild care programsChild diseases and disordersEmergency preparednessParents

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