How to Recognize the Symptoms of Dengue Fever

Dengue fever is often referred to as breakbone fever. The condition does not actually break bones, but this is how the pain has been described. This virus can be found in many locations around the world; it is sometimes fatal. The World Health Organization reports that currently about 50 million people contract dengue fever each year and 2.5 billion people are at risk of contracting it. It is important to be able to recognize the symptoms of dengue fever.

What is Dengue Fever?
Dengue fever is a virus that is spread by the Aedes mosquito. It is only those mosquitoes who bite during the day that spread the disease. The incubation period before symptoms appear is from eight to ten days. The common symptoms of dengue fever include:

high fever
skin rash
severe muscle and head pain
nausea and vomiting
extreme tiredness
Untreated dengue fever can lead to dengue hemorrhagic fever which involves internal and external bleeding which can become fatal if it develops to Dengue Shock Syndrome.

Read more at Suite101: How to Recognize the Symptoms of Dengue Fever: Learning to Spot the Signs of Breakbone Fever