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FAQ

What are the symptoms of dengue fever?

Page last updated 28 February 2019

The symptoms of dengue fever are high fever and at least two of the following:

  • Severe headache
  • Severe eye pain
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle and/or bone pain
  • Rash
  • Mild bleeding (e.g. from gums)
  • Low white blood cell count

A small proportion of cases can progress to severe dengue (sometimes called dengue haemorrhagic fever). A rapid deterioration can occur 2-5 days after onset of fever. The complications of severe dengue can lead to collapse and can be fatal.

Anyone showing symptoms of dengue should see a doctor as soon as possible.

Sources & Citations

1. Queensland Government. Dengue. Available at: http://conditions.health.qld.gov.au/HealthCondition/condition/14/217/284/dengue (accessed 22 October 2018).
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dengue. Symptoms and what to do if you think you have dengue. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/dengue/symptoms/index.html (accessed 18 October 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.10.0373 - Date of preparation November 2018