Symptoms of Dengue Fever

Dengue (pronounced dengee or dengy) Fever has been diagnosed in three people in central Florida. While they picked it up elsewhere, it can start spreading in the community if a mosquito has happened to dine on them while they had the virus. I looked up the symptoms of Dengue fever at MedicineNet.com because I think that it will eventually spread throughout Florida. I don’t know about your community, but mine doesn’t spray for mosquitos! Here are the symptoms of Dengue fever:

What are dengue fever symptoms and signs?

After being bitten by a mosquito carrying the virus, the incubation period ranges from three to 15 (usually five to eight) days before the signs and symptoms of dengue appear. Dengue starts with chills, headache, pain upon moving the eyes, and low backache. Painful aching in the legs and joints occurs during the first hours of illness. The temperature rises quickly as high as 104 F (40 C), with relative low heart rate (bradycardia) and low blood pressure (hypotension). The eyes become reddened. A flushing or pale pink rash comes over the face and then disappears. The glands (lymph nodes) in the neck and groin are often swollen.

Fever and other signs of dengue last for two to four days, followed by a rapid drop in body temperature (defervescence) with profuse sweating. This precedes a period with normal temperature and a sense of well-being that lasts about a day. A second rapid rise in temperature follows. A characteristic rash appears along with the fever and spreads from the extremities to cover the entire body except the face. The palms and soles may be bright red and swollen.

What is the treatment for dengue fever?

Because dengue fever is caused by a virus, there is no specific medicine or antibiotic to treat it. For typical dengue, the treatment is purely concerned with relief of the symptoms (symptomatic). Rest and fluid intake for adequate hydration is important. Aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs should only be taken under a doctor’s supervision because of the possibility of worsening hemorrhagic complications. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and codeine may be given for severe headache and for the joint and muscle pain (myalgia).

Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? Can you imagine several members of the same family being bitten and infected? A sole proprietor of a small business? A widowed or divorced retiree whose family and friends are up north? A single parent with young children? .

I’m not saying to go into a full panic mode over a few people coming down with a disease carried by mosquitos, but if you’re socially isolated, you might want to join a community service organization or a church and make some friends. If you’re a sole proprietor and haven’t made any sort of provisions for your business if you are incapacitated because you’re young, healthy, and immortal, consider what would happen if you’re suddenly out of commission for a couple weeks and plan accordingly. Luckily, we only have a few isolated cases now and it may not progress further.

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    kae said,

    We have Dengue fever in Australia.

    It’s also known as break-bone fever because of the pain.

    Nasty!


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