Dengue Fever an Article by John P. Cuhna

1657 WordsFeb 21, 20187 Pages
Identifying the preliminary issue In his article “Dengue Fever” John P. Cuhna describes Dengue fever, also known as “breakbone” or “dandy fever”, as, “a family of viruses that are transmitted through mosquitos”. This disease is very common in tropic and subtropic areas such as Brazil. Dengue Fever has no vaccination and the only way to prevent is to avoid getting bit by a mosquito that carries the disease. The disease comes from a mosquito known as the Aedes aegypti (Halstead, 2008). Since the climate and amount of rainfall are two key factors in the reproduction of the Aedes aegypti global warming and climate change have been playing a role in the dengue fever cases ( Halstead, 2008). This is a struggle for people who live in lower income and over populated areas since they have little to no form of protection and live in less cleanly areas. No one is exactly sure where dengue fever originated from but scientist recently proposed that it came from forests in Asia. Dengue fever has three stages; the first being the acute stage which can last from one to five days, the second is the critical stage which can last up to two to three days, and the last stage which is the recovery stage which is can last up to weeks. Dengue fever symptoms vary in severity. While some people, mainly babies and young children, show little to no symptoms others, such as older children and adults, show mild to severe symptoms. Symptoms include but are not limited to fever, bone and joint pain,

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