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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Dengue Fever (Definition)

Definition of the word may have come from swahili "ka-dinga pepo", meaning cramp-like seizure caused by an evil spirit. Dengue or breakbone fever is a viral, flu like illness spread by a day biting mosquito. Many have no symptoms but, if stricken, those ill have high fever, headache, shaking chills, & rash. Repeat illness dangerous. 50% of world population at risk as ...Read more


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I had dengue fever about three or two months ago. in sweden there are no dengue mosquitos, but i feel sick again. Possible relapse?

I had dengue fever about three or two months ago. in sweden there are no dengue mosquitos, but i feel sick again. Possible relapse?

Dengue: If you fully recovered from the original dengue infection, you would have to be stung by a mosquito which transmits the dengue virus to contract dengue again. If you have further concerns about this, contact a public health speciaiist for confirmation. ...Read more

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What happens if I get Dengue fever for the second time? Will a Dengue vaccine work for me if I've already been ill?

What happens if I get Dengue fever for the second time? Will a Dengue vaccine work for me if I've already been ill?

Not really!: First of all there is no dengue vaccine yet. The point of a vaccine is that once you get it, you build up antibodies against the disease so if you get stung by an infected mosquito, an get injected with the dengue virus, your antibodies will destroy the virus. Once you've been infected and have developed your own antibodies a vaccine would be useless for you. ...Read more

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Girl at work's kids have dengue fever from being overseas. Is it possible to get it if only had contact with the mother? She doesn't seem to be sick

Girl at work's kids have dengue fever from being overseas. Is it possible to get it if only had contact with the mother? She doesn't seem to be sick

No: you need a vector, a mosquito, to transmit the virus, casual contact doesn't transmit it, you need to visit an endemic area to catch the disease. Check this link for more info: http://www.cdc.gov/dengue/epidemiology/ ...Read more

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Do I have dengue fever?

Do I have  dengue fever?

Been to an endemic: area? Many people who are infected wi Dengue have mild sx's or no sx's. However more significant cases may have sxs such as headache, severe bone/joint pain (hence term Breakbone Fever), high fevers (up to 106 F), pain behind eyes, muscle pain, rash, nausea, vomiting & bleeding from gums. Some people go on to have more severe symptoms wi severe abdominal pain, bleeding under skin & from > ...Read more

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How to avoid dengue fever ?

Dengue Fever: You can avoid travel to areas where Dengue is endemic. Protect against mosquitoes wi permethrin applied to long pants, long sleeved shirts, shoes / socks & 10% DEET for skin. When in endemic areas avoid being out at dusk or dawn. Ensure that building has good screens on window & use bed netting. Remove sources of standing water near the house. As of this writing 6 vaccines are in development ...Read more

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How is dengue fever treated?

How is dengue fever treated?

Dengue treatment: Most cases of dengue fever are mild and require no specific treatment. More severe cases may be treated with fluids and pain relievers as dengue can cause dehydration and significant pain, hence the name 'breakbone fever'. The most worrisome form of dengue, 'dengue haemorrhagic fever' may require blood or blood component transfusion. ...Read more

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Early symptoms of dengue fever?

Early symptoms of dengue fever?

Dengue Fever: Many people who are infected w/ Dengue have mild sx's or no sx's. However, more significant cases may have sxs such as headache, severe bone/joint pain (hence term Breakbone Fever), high fevers (up to 106 F), pain behind eyes, muscle pain, rash, nausea, vomiting & bleeding from gums. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more