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A disease of many tropic and subtropic regions that can occur epidemically; caused by dengue virus, a member of the family Flaviviridae. There are four antigenic types, and they are transmitted by a mosquito of the genus Aedes (usually A. aegypti, but frequently A. albopictus). Four grades of severity are recognized: grade I, fever and constitutional symptoms; grade II, grade I with spontaneous bleeding (of skin, gums, or gastrointestinal tract); grade III, grade II with agitation and circulatory failure; grade IV, profound shock.
[Sp. corruption of "dandy" fever]
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breakbone fever

See dengue.
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breakbone fever

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Q. What are the symptoms of dengue fever? Can you die from dengue fever? Can it be cured without anything like normal cough? How long till someone dies from being infected?

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However, unless the person has recently been in South or Central America or other parts of the world where it's endemic, they're not likely to have been exposed. There is very little of it here in this country. It’s carried with mosquito’s that not to be found in the U.S as far as I know anyway…

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The disease dengue fever (DF; also knownas breakbone fever, dandy fever, and by other names) can be caused by any of 4 viruses within the virus family Flaviviridae, genus Flavivirus, i.e., dengue virus types 1-4 (DENV-1-4).
Victims are in so much pain from their muscles and joints, that it is also known as breakbone fever.
Also known as breakbone fever, dengue is characterized by headache, fever, sore muscles, and extreme pain and stiffness of the joints.
Among the diseases are malaria, dengue (a painful disease commonly called breakbone fever) and yellow fever, which kills 50 percent of its victims.
Dengue fever - also known as breakbone fever due to the severe joint pain it causes patients - has reached epidemic proportions in Latin America and the Caribbean.