Dengue, also known as break-bone fever, is a viral infection that spreads from mosquitoes to people. It is more common in tropical and subtropical climates.
Mild dengue fever causes a high fever and flu-like symptoms. The severe form of Dengue, also called Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever, can cause serious bleeding, a sudden drop in blood pressure, and death.
Many people experience mild signs like a mild fever; however, the most common symptoms are:
Most people recover within a week, but in some cases, symptoms worsen and can become life-threatening. In these cases, severe symptoms are a consequence of blood vessels becoming damaged and leaky. This can lead to shock, organ failure, and death.
To prevent dengue, you can take the following precautions:
Severe dengue fever can be a life-threatening medical emergency. Seek immediate attention if you have developed any of the warning signs and have been recently in an endemic area.