Other symptoms, causes of dengue fever (part 2)

Published : 28 Jun 2022 08:52 PM

Most people recover within a week or so. In some cases, symptoms worsen and can become life-threatening. This is called severe dengue, dengue hemorrhagic fever or dengue shock syndrome.

Severe dengue happens when your blood vessels become damaged and leaky. And the number of clot-forming cells (platelets) in your bloodstream drops. This can lead to shock, internal bleeding, organ failure and even death.

Warning signs of severe dengue fever — which is a life-threatening emergency — can develop quickly. 

• Severe stomach pain

• Persistent vomiting

• Bleeding from your gums or nose

• Blood in your urine, stools or vomit

• Bleeding under the skin, which might look like bruising

• Difficult or rapid breathing

• Fatigue

• Irritability or restlessness


Dengue fever is caused by any one of four types of dengue viruses. You can't get dengue fever from being around an infected person. Instead, dengue fever is spread through mosquito bites.

The two types of mosquitoes that most often spread the dengue viruses are common both in and around human lodgings. When a mosquito bites a person infected with a dengue virus, the virus enters the mosquito. Then, when the infected mosquito bites another person, the virus enters that person's bloodstream and causes an infection.

    Courtesy: Mayo Clinic