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FAQs - Diseases

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We have tried to compile a library of frequently asked questions and their respective answers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q:      What is Dengue Fever?

 

A: Dengue Fever is a viral disease spread mainly by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.  There are actually four viruses that cause the disease, and if infected, a person is believed to gain lifelong immunity from that virus and limited immunity to the other three Dengue Fever viruses.

 

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Q:      Where is Dengue Fever found?

 

A: Mainly in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world, including Central America, South America, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, parts of Australia and Africa.

 

However, it should be noted that more cases are being recorded in other parts of the world as people from unaffected regions travel to areas with Dengue Fever.

 

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Q:      What are the symptoms of Dengue Fever?

 

A: Symptoms of Dengue Fever include high fever, rashes, head and body aches (especially joint and muscular), nausea and vomiting.  Lymph nodes may become swollen.

 

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Q:      Can people die from Dengue Fever?  I’ve heard that it’s a deadly
           virus.

 

A: You are probably confusing it with Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever, which can be deadly.  Dengue Fever itself is not deadly, and most of the symptoms generally last about a week.

 

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Q:      Are there cures or vaccines?

 

A: At this time there are no vaccines for Dengue Fever.  Since it is a virus, antibiotics would be useless in fighting the virus. Usually people infected with the disease recover fully, unless complications occur.  Contact your physician or health professional if you have traveled to an area known to have outbreaks of the disease and you come down with any of the symptoms listed above.

 

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