den·​gue | \ˈdeŋ-gē, -ˌgā\

Definition of dengue 

: an acute infectious disease caused by a flavivirus (species Dengue virus of the genus Flavivirus), transmitted by aedes mosquitoes, and characterized by headache, severe joint pain, and a rash

called also breakbone fever, dengue fever

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Rising temperatures mean disease-carrying mosquitoes will range further north, and more people could be exposed to Zika, dengue, and West Nile. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Climate Change Could Cost The United States Economy Hundreds of Billions Annually," 26 Nov. 2018 The trials have been used to test vaccines or treatments for dengue, malaria, influenza and norovirus, among other diseases. Emily Baumgaertner, New York Times, "Ethicists Call for More Scrutiny of ‘Human-Challenge’ Trials," 20 Apr. 2018 In fact, severe dengue infections more commonly occur when people experience a second dengue infection. Helen Branswell, STAT, "Sanofi’s new dengue challenge: find a diagnostic that will make its vaccine safe to use," 13 June 2018 Mosquitoes, long spreaders of malaria and yellow fever, have more recently spread dengue, Zika and chikungunya viruses, and caused epidemic outbreaks, mainly in U.S. territories. Joyce Sakamoto, Washington Post, "Ticks and mosquitoes are ready to deliver disease in a bite, but you can stop them," 18 June 2018 Mosquitoes can carry diseases like the Zika virus or dengue, but the sprays used to kill them can have a negative effect on things like crops and bees. Austen Erblat,, "Royal Palm Beach, Wellington to spray for mosquitoes ahead of Fourth of July," 22 June 2018 In tropical regions, people instead contend with malaria, yellow fever, dengue, chikungunya and Zika viruses. Heath Macmillan, Smithsonian, "Why Some Summers Are So Appealing For Mosquitoes," 22 June 2018 Part of the reason is that diseases in the area — like dengue or Zika — wouldn’t produce concussion-like symptoms as described by the potential victims. Alex Ward, Vox, "What’s happening to US diplomats in Cuba and China? Here are 4 theories.," 8 June 2018 Severe dengue can lead to internal bleeding, shock, and even death. Helen Branswell, STAT, "The vaccine dilemma: How experts weigh benefits for many against risks for a few," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of dengue

1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dengue

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den·​gue | \ˈdeŋ-gē, -ˌgā \

Medical Definition of dengue 

: an acute infectious disease that is characterized by headache, severe joint pain, and a rash and that is caused by a single-stranded RNA virus of the genus Flavivirus (species Dengue virus) transmitted by mosquitoes of the genus Aedes

called also breakbone fever, dandy fever, dengue fever

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