dengue

noun

den·​gue ˈdeŋ-gē How to pronounce dengue (audio)
-ˌgā
: 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 Puerto Rico declared a public health emergency after an outbreak of dengue fever cases. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 29 Mar. 2024 Puerto Rico has declared a public health emergency as the number of dengue fever cases continues to rise. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 27 Mar. 2024 Where else has dengue fever been reported? Rio de Janeiro declared a public health emergency in February, just before Carnival, amid a surge of dengue fever in Brazil. Chad Murphy, The Enquirer, 27 Mar. 2024 There have been over 360,000 dengue cases in Brazil this year alone. Stephen J. Thomas, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 Health authorities also worry that stagnant pools of overheated water could breed mosquitoes carrying malaria and dengue. Manuela Andreoni, New York Times, 17 Oct. 2023 Brazil registered more than 1 million cases of dengue fever in January and February alone. Terrence McCoy, Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2024 Since the beginning of 2024, the municipality has registered more than 10,000 dengue cases. Eléonore Hughes, Quartz, 8 Feb. 2024 The global number of dengue cases has increased eightfold in the past two decades, according to WHO, driven by higher temperatures and prologued rainy seasons. Shasta Darlington, CNN, 8 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

American Spanish

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dengue was in 1828

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“Dengue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dengue. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

dengue

noun
den·​gue ˈdeŋ-gē How to pronounce dengue (audio) -ˌgā How to pronounce dengue (audio)
: 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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