Dengue fever is a viral infection spread by mosquitoes that causes a severe flu-like illness. It can occur in both rural and urban areas. About half of the world’s population is thought to be living in areas with a risk of dengue fever.
Symptoms typically have a sudden onset 4-7 days after being infected. Symptoms include a high fever, sometimes known as ‘breakbone fever’ as it feels like your bones are breaking, plus a severe headache, muscle and joint pain, possibly nausea and vomiting. A red rash may also appear and become widespread on your body.
1. Prevention? Avoid getting bit…
The best way to prevent Dengue Fever is to protect yourself from mosquito bites! This can be achieved through use of an effective insect repellent as well as wearing long, loose-fitting clothing. Stick to long sleeved shirts and pants during peak hours.
2. Vaccination options
There is currently no vaccine available to prevent Dengue Fever. Prevention is only achievable through avoiding mosquito bites.
3. At risk destinations
Many destinations carry a risk of dengue fever. Some of them include:
- Southeast Asia
- Indian Subcontinent
- Pacific Islands
- South and Central America
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