Mosquito Borne Diseases
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Dengue fever is relatively rare in the U.S., but may affect travelers to tropical areas and sometimes appears in south Texas and south Florida. If you get Dengue fever, you will experience a high fever and at least two of the following symptoms: severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, joint pain, muscle and/or bone pain, rash, mild bleeding from nose or gums—or bruising. A more serious form of the disease called Dengue Hemorrhagic fever can occur if you are infected a second time with a different strain of the four variants of the dengue virus.
There is no treatment for Dengue fever. Rest, drink plenty of fluids, and avoid further mosquito bites by using repellents. Use acetaminophen for pain and avoid aspirin or non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) like ibuprofen or naproxen for pain relief. These pain relievers can lead to increased risk of bleeding. See a doctor immediately if you experience severe abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, bloody stool or vomit, or more severe symptoms—you may have Dengue Hemorrhagic fever, which can be fatal.