Published On: Thu, Sep 5th, 2013

Dengue fever cases in China’s Yunnan Province nears 600

The number of confirmed dengue fever cases in one southwestern province has grown to nearly 600; however, officials there say the situation is under control, according to a Xinhua news report Wednesday.

The report notes other details of the dengue “epidemic” in China’s Yunnan Province:

  • Of the confirmed cases, 409 had been cured, 116 remain hospitalized and 56 others have been quarantined at home for treatment.
  • The cases include 14 originating from neighboring countries, including Myanmar, Laos and Thailand
  • No deaths have been reported.

Dengue fever is an infectious disease carried by mosquitoes and caused by any of four related dengue viruses. This disease used to be called “break-bone fever” because it sometimes causes severe joint and muscle pain that feels like bones are breaking.



The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates there may be 50–100 million dengue infections worldwide every year. However, new research from the University of Oxford and the Wellcome Trust, using cartographic approaches, estimate there to be390 million dengue infections per year worldwide.

In recent years there have been increased amounts of epidemics in many parts of the world.

People get the dengue virus from the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. It is not contagious from person to person.

There are three types of dengue fever in order of less severe to most: the typical uncomplicated dengue fever, dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHS) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS).

There is no treatment for dengue, just treat the symptoms. Persons who think they have dengue should use analgesics (pain relievers) with acetaminophen and avoid those containing aspirin. They should also rest, drink plenty of fluids, and consult a physician.

There is not a vaccine for dengue fever.

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