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There has been a new upsurge in the number of dengue cases being seen.

With the severity of the disease being shown on the news, it is leading parents to panic when their child gets a fever.

So, what is dengue?

  • Dengue is a viral infection transmitted to humans through the bite of infected mosquitoes. More specifically, the Aedes Aegypti Mosquito
  • It is commonly called breakbone fever because of the back and muscle aches that normally accompany the fever.


Most people with dengue have mild or no symptoms and will get better in 1–2 weeks. Rarely, dengue can be severe and lead to death.

If symptoms occur, they usually begin 4–10 days after infection and last for 2–7 days. Symptoms may include:

  • high fever (40°C/104°F)
  • severe headache
  • pain behind the eyes
  • muscle and joint pains
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • swollen glands
  • rash.


There is no specific treatment for dengue. The focus is on treating pain symptoms. Most cases of dengue fever can be treated at home with pain medicine,  fluids and rest.

Paracetamol(Acetominophen) is often used to control pain. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and aspirin are avoided as they can increase the risk of bleeding.

For people with severe dengue, hospitalization is often needed.

For more information on Dengue, click here to go to the WHO website

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