Dengue fever is also known as breakbone fever. The Dengue fever is caused by the Dengue virus, which is also related to the viruses that cause West Nile and yellow fever.
Some of the symptoms include:
- Sudden, high fever
- Severe headaches
- Pain behind the eyes
- Severe joint and muscle pain
- Skin rash, which appears three to four days after the onset of fever
- Mild bleeding (such a nose bleed, bleeding gums, or easy bruising)
Symptoms start usually 3 to 4 days after infection and can last up to 10 days.
According to WebMD.com, Dengue fever is transmitted by the bite of an Aedes mosquito infected with a dengue virus. The mosquito becomes infected when it bites a person with dengue virus in their blood. It can’t be spread directly from one person to another person. When most people are infected symptoms can be mistaken for the flu or other viral infections. Younger children and people who have never had the infection tend to have milder cases than older children and adults.
WebMD.com states that there is no specific medicine to treat dengue infection. If you think you may have dengue fever, you should use pain relievers with acetaminophen and avoid medicines with aspirin, which could worsen bleeding. You should also rest, drink plenty of fluids, and see your doctor. If you start to feel worse in the first 24 hours after your fever goes down, you should get to a hospital immediately to be checked for complications.
The majority of Dengue fever cases are minor. With a lot of standing water resulting from Hurricane Odile, the mosquito population is booming in Baja Sur. Many racers have reported that from Loreto south, the mosquitos are out of control. Although Dengue fever is a minor health concern the symptoms can severely impact your Baja 1000 pit or race plans. Be prepared and bring the proper clothing and bug spray to reduce your chances of being bitten.