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Dengue Fever in Africa


Like malaria, dengue fever is a tropical disease transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. In this case, however, there is no prophylaxis treatment available.

The disease is now endemic in most of the countries of sub-Saharan Africa, most notably in Kenya, Mozambique. It tends to be most common in urban areas, where the mosquitoes breed in swamps and marshes, as well as in other smaller water reservoirs such as discarded cartons, flower pots and similar vessels.

Unlike malaria, the Aedes mosquitoes which carry the infection are more prevalent during daylight hours, so it is worth applying repellent whenever they are around.

Symptoms include strong headaches, high fever, a characteristic skin rash similar to measles, strong joint and muscle pains. The fever usually lasts only a week or so and is not usually acute. Patients are treated with paracetamol, bed-rest and rehydration, sometimes intravenously.

Read more about dengue fever in Wikipedia.
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