breakbone fever

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an infectious disease of the tropics transmitted by mosquitoes and characterized by rash and aching head and joints

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After an effective vaccine was developed in the 1930s, yellow fever subsided and an emerging threat took its place: dengue, a flulike sickness so painful that it's known as "breakbone fever." For decades, dengue has reigned as the biggest Aedes-carried menace, now estimated to infect more than 50 million people a year in the Americas and almost 400 million worldwide.
The febrile phase is marked by abrupt onset of high fever plus various combinations of severe headache, facial flushing, a transient macular or maculopapular rash, retro-orbital pain, and/or the intense arthralgias/myalgias that have led to dengue being known as "breakbone fever."
Dengue symptoms typically include a high fever and headache as well as aching bones, joints and muscles that give dengue its nickname of "breakbone fever." Recovery usually takes several weeks.
Bites on the 39-year-old's legs had become infected and tests showed he had typhus and dengue fever - also known as breakbone fever because of the pain it causes.
Dengue, sometimes called breakbone fever because of the severe pain it can cause, is a viral infection transmitted by a type of mosquito called Aedes aegypti.
But a victory over the disease previously known as "breakbone fever," owing to the excruciating muscle and joint pain inflicted, may be in sight.
The mosquito-borne viral disease, which is also called "breakbone fever" because of the severe pain it can cause, has hit various villages in the district.