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What are the symptoms of dengue fever?

Symptoms of dengue fever include a migraine-like headache, rash, achiness, queasiness, tiredness and fever. Symptoms in children look more like a cold, with low fever, tiredness, runny nose, and cough. A child's symptoms will be more severe and include bleeding if they become infected a second time.

In adults, the symptoms are usually more intense, including a fever of 104 degrees or higher, severe aches in the joints, bruising and enlarged lymph nodes. The severity of the achiness has led to the disease being referred to as the bone-breaking fever.

The symptoms of dengue fever will often appear with a rash on the hand or face for the first 2-3 days. The symptoms will then appear to go away and then return 2-3 days later. When the rash returns, it may spread to the back and stomach and symptoms may be worse before completely resolving.

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