Symptoms Dengue causes severe flu-like symptoms including:
• muscle and joint pains
• nausea and vomiting
There are 5 different strains of dengue virus. An initial infection will result in dengue fever. However, a subsequent infection with a different strain can lead to a severe form of the illness that may be fatal if not treated appropriately. The mosquito that transmits dengue breeds in water-filled, man-made containers in urban areas. It is often found near or inside buildings and bites during the day.
There is no cure or vaccine for dengue. The only way to prevent infection is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
The risk of infection is high in popular travel destinations such as Indonesia (Bali), Vietnam, Thailand and India, however, dengue occurs in a wide range of countries.