Dengue

Report within 24 hours of Diagnosis to the Local Health Department.

Dengue is a disease caused by a virus and is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. The disease used to be called "breakbone fever" because it causes severe joint and muscle pain that feels like bones are breaking. Most cases in the United States occur in people who travel to areas where dengue is present. Symptoms include sudden high fever, severe headache, eye pain, backache, and skin rash on the feet or legs. There is no specific treatment for dengue other than pain relievers and drinking fluids. There is no vaccine so it is important to prevent mosquito bites when traveling to areas where dengue is present.

 

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Last Reviewed: 8/4/2017