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Dengue or breakbone fever (dandy-fever) is a mosquito-borne disease caused by viruses of the family Flaviviridae. The mosquito, often the same type that causes Yellow Fever, becomes infected from biting a person who is in the first 3 days of suffering the illness. The mosquito can then spread the virus in its saliva to other people when they get bitten. The disease causes an acute illness with fever, weakness and pains. The joint and back pains give it the common name breakbone fever. It can be fatal when it causes widespread bleeding. There is no specific treatment, and control depends on mosquito control measures, including destroying the carrier mosquitoes' breeding grounds.

Dengue caused 0.03% of all deaths worldwide in 2002, with an average of 3 deaths per million people.

International Classification of Diseases-10 codes: A90-A91,

Territories are sized in proportion to the absolute number of people who died from dengue (breakbone fever) in one year.


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