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OVERVIEW

Also known as:
  Dengue Fever Antibodies; Dengue Fever Virus
Formal name:
  Dengue Antibodies (IgG, IgM); Dengue Virus by PCRs
Related tests:
  Arbovirus Testing, West Nile Virus Testing, Complete Blood Count, Electrolytes
Why Get Tested?
  To diagnose dengue fever, particularly if you are experiencing fever after travel to a tropical or subtropical destination
When to Get Tested?
  When you develop a high fever within 2 weeks of travel to an area where dengue fever is endemic or an outbreak is occurring
Sample Required?
  A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm
Test Preparation Needed?
  None

DESCRIPTION

Dengue (pronounced DENgee) fever is a painful, debilitating mosquito-borne disease caused by any one of four closely related dengue viruses. These viruses are related to the viruses that cause West Nile infection and yellow fever.

An estimated 390 million dengue infections occur worldwide each year, with about 96 million resulting in illness. Most cases occur in tropical areas of the world, with the greatest risk occurring in:

The image shown below shows the global scale epidemic of dengue in year 2006. The hotzones are marked across multiple regions to showcase the impact.

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.

References : 1. WEB MD    2. Reprinted with permissions from AACC