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7 Warning Signs of Dengue Fever | Causes, Prevention, & FAQ

Approx. 10172 cases & 3 deaths by dengue fever have been reported for 2022 so far by NCVBDC*. A majority of the cases are either unreported, asymptomatic or incorrectly diagnosed. With dengue cases increasing, it is wise to read a set of quick warnings, causes, and preventions.

* NCVBDC: National Center for Vector Borne Disease Control

What is Dengue Fever?

When dengue mosquitoes bite humans, it causes dengue fever. Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes are the primary carriers of this disease. These yellow fever and the Asian tiger mosquitoes grow in moist & damp places and bite during the day. These are both black with white stripes on their bodies.

What are Dengue fever patterns like?

After a usual incubation period of 5-7 days, the dengue fever pattern starts. It progresses through three stages:

● Febrile

● Critical

● Recovery.

The fever can be as high as 104°F and lasts anywhere between 2-7 days. It keeps returning throughout its 3 phases. This breaking and returning of the fever is the classic Biphasic or Saddleback fever pattern.

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