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Dengue fever is an acute mosquito-borne infection caused by the dengue viruses. This is found in tropical and sub-tropical regions around the world. For instance, dengue fever is an endemic illness in many countries in South East Asia.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that 50-100 million people are infected by dengue fever globally every year and around 3 out of every 100 dengue infections are fatal.
You might find the latest update regarding dengue fever in Hong Kong from website of Centre for Health Protection, Centre for Health Protection, Department of Health.
Pain behind the eyes
Muscle and joint pain
Swollen lymph nodes
The incubation period of dengue fever ranges from 3 – 14 days, commonly 4 – 7 days.
Vaccine tests are still carried out and there is no specific treatment for dengue, but appropriate medical care frequently saves the lives of patients with the more serious dengue haemorrhagic fever. See a doctor immediately for diagnosis and treatment if you experience symptoms of dengue fever.
Wear loose, light-coloured, long-sleeved tops and trousers, and use DEET-containing insect repellent on exposed parts of the body and clothing.
Take additional preventive measures when engaging in outdoor activities:
Special notes when travelling abroad:
Prevent accumulation of stagnant water
Control vectors and reservoir of the diseases
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