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Symptoms and Signs of Dengue Fever

Doctor's Notes on Dengue Fever

Dengue fever is a disease caused by a family of viruses transmitted by mosquitoes. It can affect anyone but tends to be more severe in people with compromised immune systems. Dengue fever can be caused by any of five serotypes of the dengue virus, so it is possible to get dengue fever multiple times. Other names for dengue fever include "breakbone fever" or "dandy fever."

Characteristic symptoms of dengue virus infection include fever, headache, and an itchy rash. Other symptoms associated with dengue fever include Other signs of dengue fever include bleeding gums, severe pain behind the eyes (retro-orbital pain), and red palms and soles. People with the condition also have contortions due to intense pain in the joints, muscles, and bones.

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Medically Reviewed on 3/30/2019


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