den·​gue | \ ˈdeŋ-gē How to pronounce dengue (audio) , -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

Examples of dengue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Are there any diseases, such as dengue, that are being left behind because of COVID-19? Debbie Ponchner, Scientific American, "Latin America Faces a Critical Moment in the Battle against COVID-19," 17 June 2020 In an hour, a normal-sized bat can eat up to 500 to 1,000 mosquitoes, which can carry diseases such as the Zika virus, dengue fever or malaria. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "6 reasons why bats aren't enemies: They help make tequila, and other surprising facts you may not know," 14 June 2020 Well, Oxitec claims its Aedes aegypti mosquito (known as the OX5034) can drastically reduce the spread of Zika as well as dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. Anna Staver, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Genetically modified mosquitoes are cleared for release in the U.S.," 10 June 2020 Many cities of the global south are already fighting infectious diseases, including dengue, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and even leprosy. Flavie Halais, Wired, "Cities in Poorer Countries Are at Risk as Covid-19 Spreads," 1 June 2020 The same thing is true for viruses like dengue, which is a tropical virus. NBC News, "What a renowned infectious diseases doctor learned when he got COVID-19," 17 Apr. 2020 From January through October 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 777 cases of West Nile virus and 614 cases of dengue (and most of the latter occurred in people infected outside the U.S.). Melinda Wenner Moyer, Scientific American, "Low-Income Baltimore Blocks Host Bigger, More Dangerous Mosquitoes," 21 Dec. 2019 More than 3,500 cases of dengue have been reported in Taiz, Mardini said. Washington Post, "Red Cross reports new outbreak of dengue fever in Yemen," 26 Nov. 2019 The rate of infections in participants dropped 97.7 percent for the dengue 2 serotype. Nina Kravinsky, Smithsonian, "New Dengue Vaccine Looks Promising, but Major Hurdles Remain," 8 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of dengue

1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dengue

American Spanish

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“Dengue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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den·​gue | \ ˈdeŋ-gē How to pronounce dengue (audio) , -ˌgā How to pronounce dengue (audio) \

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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