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
Recent Examples of dengue from the Web
The skeeters in question are male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which carry pathogens that cause illnesses like Zika, dengue, and chikungunya.
Sanofi's Pasteur unit, which generated about 4.58 billion euros, or $5.21 billion, in revenue last year, sells injections to protect against polio, flu and dengue and is currently developing a Zika vaccine, Bloomberg News reported.
The number of infections nationwide is already 38 percent higher than last year, when 55,150 people were diagnosed with dengue and 97 died, according to the Health Ministry.
Zika is here to stay; local transmission in the United States can and will happen again; and dengue, yellow fever and other diseases are lurking around the corner in our blood-sucking friends.
The scientists involved are discussing detection not only of Zika but also related viruses such as dengue, Chikungunya virus and yellow fever, Dr. Pardee says.
Sometimes a single mosquito has been found in a trap filled with other species of mosquito that don’t spread Zika, dengue or yellow fever.
Entomologists want only a few disease-carrying types, including Aedes aegypti, which carries Zika and dengue, and Culex quinquefasciatus, which spreads West Nile virus.
The Army partnered with Sanofi last June to develop a vaccine that builds on a platform developed by Walter Reed scientists for other viruses that are similar to Zika, such as Japanese encephalitis and dengue.
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Origin and Etymology of dengue
First Known Use: 1828See Words from the same year
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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