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Two main complications that arise with dengue fever are severe dehydration and fever-induced seizures. Dengue fever can cause high body temperatures and vomiting, which in turn causes a loss of fluids. It is very important to replace those fluids otherwise you may need to be admitted to a hospital to receive fluids through a needle in your arm or hand.
Due to the very elevated body temperatures caused by dengue fever, children have been found to suffer febrile convulsions. Febrile convulsions are seizures that are brought on by the fever and in industralized nations occur in less than 5% of children affected with high fever.
Complications of dengue fever include the following:
- Mild complications: Some individuals, particularly adults, may feel lethargic and/or depressed for several weeks to months after being infected.
- Severe complications: The more severe forms of dengue infection, dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS), are associated with hemorrhage and shock, respectively, and can be fatal.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the case fatality rate can be as high as 10% but can be lowered to less than 1% with early recognition and proper treatment.
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