This unpleasant virus is spread through mosquito bites; it’s usually mild but it can be fatal. Symptoms include fever, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, nausea and a red rash.
Between 100 and 400 million people are infected with dengue fever every year.1
How do people catch this disease?
When they’re bitten by infected mosquitoes which carry the virus.1
Which countries are affected?
Most parts of Central and South America and some African and Asian countries (see map).2
What are the symptoms?
A very high temperature (more than 40°C) with a severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands or rash.1
How serious is the disease?
In most cases, dengue is mild and people recover in around a week, but in rare cases it can be life-threatening. In severe cases, fluid accumulates in the lungs causing breathing problems. Dengue can also cause bleeding and organ failure.1
Can I reduce the chances of catching Dengue Fever?
You can take the following precautions to help reduce your risk of infection: