An outbreak of the severe form of the mosquito borne viral disease has affected more than 1,200, mostly children, in Myanmar’s largest city of Yangon, according to an Eleven report today.

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The report notes that the cases of severe dengue fever has resulted in 12 deaths, the Yangon Region Health Department said.

Health authorities are advising parents to  immediately take their children to a hospital for a check-up if their children show symptoms of the disease. Its symptoms are high fever, severe headache, aching muscles and bones, pain behind the eyes, nausea, swollen glands, vomiting and skin rashes. 

The most cases have been detected in Dagon Myothit (south), Hlaingthaya, Thaketa, Dagon Seikkan, Seikkyi Kanaungto, Tamwe, Dala, Mingalar Taungnyunt, Insein and Hlaing townships.

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.

People get the dengue virus from the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. It is not contagious from person to person. For more infectious disease news and informationvisit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page

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). Looking for a job in health care? Check here to see what’s available

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 be 390 million dengue infections per year worldwide.

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