Infection with the dengue virus, transmitted by mosquito, ranges from asymptomatic or undifferentiated febrile illness to fatal haemorrhagic fever, and affects up to 100 million people a year worldwide. Dengue haemorrhagic fever is characterised by: a sudden onset of high fever; haemorrhages in the skin, gastrointestinal tract, and mucosa; and low platelet counts. Plasma leakage results in fluid in the abdomen and lungs. It typically occurs in children under 15 years.Severe dengue haemorrhagic fever is called dengue shock syndrome.Dengue haemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome are major causes of hospital admission and mortality in children. Up to 5% of people with dengue haemorrhagic fever die of the infection, depending on availability of appropriate supportive care
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