Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease that spread to people through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Symptoms of dengue usually begin 3 to 14 days after infection and may include high fever, headache, rash and muscle and joint pain. In severe cases there is a risk of serious bleeding and shock, which can be life threatening.
Dengue is usually spread by several species of female Aedes genus mosquitoes, principally Aedes aegypti, The virus has five serotypes, infection with one serotype usually gives lifelong immunity to that serotype, but only a short-term immunity to the other serotypes. Subsequent infection with a different type increases the risk of severe complications.
This package helps in detection of the dengue infection.
Frequently asked questions
What are the severe symptoms of dengue?
In a small proportion of patients, it develops into a more severe form of dengue haemorrhagic fever, which results in bleeding, low platelet levels and blood plasma leakage, or into dengue shock syndrome, where dangerously low blood pressure occurs.
What is the treatment of dengue?
There is no specific treatment for dengue fever. Doctor may suggest fever reducers and pain killers for control of the symptoms of muscle aches and pains, and fever.
Can dengue spread from mother to child?
Pregnant woman who is already infected with dengue can pass the virus to the foetus during pregnancy or around the time of birth.