Encyclopedia of Parasitology

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Dengue Fever Virus Generalities

  • Christian Melaun
  • Antje Werblow
  • Sven Klimpel
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_5114-1
Dengue viruses (DENV) are single-stranded, non-segmented ribonucleic acid (RNA), emerging, mosquito-borne flaviviruses, and the causative agents of dengue fever (DF), one of the world’s emerging infectious diseases, which is also known as breakbone fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF). In tropical and subtropical regions (it is endemic in most countries of Southern and Southeast Asia, the Western Pacific regions, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Africa), 50–100 million people are infected in the developing world per year, and the numbers are rising globally. Local transmission of dengue in Europe was reported for the first time in 2010 (in France and Croatia), and imported cases were detected in three other European countries. Over 2,000 cases were reported from a 2012 outbreak on Madeira Islands of Portugal, which resulted in imported cases in ten other countries in Europe apart from mainland Portugal. Of these infections, several hundred thousands progress to dengue...


Dengue Virus Dengue Fever Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever Dengue Shock Syndrome Dengue Virus Infection 
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Further Reading

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Melaun
    • 1
    • 2
  • Antje Werblow
    • 1
    • 3
  • Sven Klimpel
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Ecology, Evolution and Diversity; Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F); Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN)Goethe University (GU)Frankfurt am MainGermany
  2. 2.Medical Biodiversity and ParasitologyGoethe UniversityFrankfurt am MainGermany
  3. 3.Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F)Goethe UniversityFrankfurt am MainGermany