Table of Contents
- Dengue fever facts
- What is dengue fever? What causes dengue fever?
- What geographic areas are at high risk for contracting dengue fever?
- What geographic areas are at high risk for contracting dengue fever? (continued)
- How is dengue fever contracted? Is dengue fever contagious?
- What is the incubation period for dengue fever?
- What are dengue fever symptoms and signs?
- What tests do health care providers use to diagnose dengue fever?
- What is the treatment for dengue fever?
- What types of doctors treat dengue fever?
- How long does dengue fever last?
- What is the prognosis for typical dengue fever?
- What is dengue hemorrhagic fever?
- What are potential complications of dengue fever?
- Is it possible to prevent dengue fever?
- Is there a dengue fever vaccine?
- Where can people get more information on dengue fever?
What tests do health care providers use to diagnose dengue fever?
The diagnosis of dengue fever is usually made when a patient exhibits the typical clinical symptoms of headache, high fever, eye pain, severe muscle aches, and petechial rash and has a history of being in an area where dengue fever is endemic. Dengue fever can be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms overlap with those of many other viral illnesses, such as West Nile virus and chikungunya fever.
Health care professionals may use a blood test called the DENV Detect IgM Capture ELISA to diagnose people with dengue fever. The FDA notes that the test may also give a positive result when a person has a closely related virus, such West Nile disease.