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 And the dengue viruses could eventually evolve some way of resisting Wolbachia. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 10 June 2021 That has made the microbe a promising strategy for fighting dengue. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, 9 June 2021 The dengue virus itself is genetically engineering them to suit its own need, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health discovered. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, 31 May 2021 With many hospitals closed, infant and maternal mortality rates have surged, and diseases such as malaria, dengue, and yellow fever are spreading — not to mention COVID-19. Marshall Billingslea, National Review, 9 May 2021 West Nile virus and dengue can be confirmed with a blood test. Cindy Krischer Goodman,, 7 Aug. 2020 The World Health Organization lists an influenza pandemic and other high-threat viral diseases such as Ebola and dengue among the top 10 biggest threats to public health. Andy Plump, STAT, 19 May 2021 In Florida, dengue fever regularly sickens over 100 people per year, and many of those individuals that contracted the virus are believed to have received it locally via mosquitos. Mike Wehner, BGR, 15 Apr. 2021 Aedes aegypti, an invasive species of mosquito that carries several potentially deadly diseases, including yellow fever, dengue and Zika virus. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 30 Apr. 2021

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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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14 Jun 2021

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“Dengue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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