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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Current tests are unreliable in identifying Zika among patients previously infected with related viruses, such as dengue.
This 4-millimeter-long insect is responsible not only for the Zika outbreak but also for transmitting yellow fever and two other excruciating diseases, dengue and chikungunya, that are currently inching their way toward the US.
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Origin and Etymology of dengue
First Known Use: 1828
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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