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Dengue fever can be passed to humans via mosquito bites, with the effects usually appearing around a week after infection. Effects of dengue fever include high fever, headaches, body aches, backaches and body rash. There is no real cure except Panadol to relieve the pains and fluid.
One of the most important warnings is not to take Asprin as it thins the blood only accentuated the travel of the virus around the body.
At the time of writing this there seems to have been nine reported cases in the last fortnight and no deaths. The most serious form of dengue can be fatal to humans.
Like the lack of cure, there is also no real vaccine. We can only advise that you use insect repellent, a mosquito net for sleeping and cover up particularly in the early evening when mosquitos are at their most rampant. Dengue fever is also prevalent in New Caledonia, Tonga, Kiribati and the Cook Islands.