Neonatal Dengue Fever

Mohd Irfan Inamdar, Alzuha Danish


Dengue fever (DF) is an acute infectious disease, caused by 4 serotypes of dengue virus, resulting in acute febrile illness. It is the most prevalent mosquito-borne viral disease that occurs in humans, and > 2.5 billion people in tropical and subtropical countries of the world are at risk of infection. It is one of the major public health problems in India also. DF is characterized by biphasic fever, myalgia, arthralgia, rashes, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, and deranged hematocrit. DF is most commonly seen in children in the age group of 4 to 6 years. In a recent epidemic in Delhi, only 9% of the cases were infants and the youngest child was 3 months old. Very few cases have been reported in infants aged below 3 months. Here is a case report of a 17-day-old neonate infected with DF.

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