SymptomsDengue in infants and toddlers usually starts with the symptoms of a viral illness:
- High fever or temperature
- Runny nose
- Mild skin rash
- High fever
- Pain behind the eyes and in the joints
- Backaches and headaches
They may also develop a red and white patchy skin rash. This may be followed by:
- Loss of appetite
- Mild bleeding from the nose or gums
- Bruising easily
- Joint pains
CausesDengue fever is caused by four similar viruses spread by mosquitoes of the genus Aedes, which are common in tropical and subtropical areas worldwide.
When a mosquito bites a person who has been infected with a dengue virus, the mosquito becomes infected and if this mosquito bites someone else, that person can be infected with dengue fever. The infected mosquito acts as a carrier for the disease and thus it spreads from person to person.