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"Defective" Virus Leads to Epidemic of Dengue Fever

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close up of a mosquito on skin

Mosquitoes transmit the virus that causes the often deadly disease dengue fever.

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Pagoda in Myanmar surrounded by buildings

A pagoda in Myanmar, site of a 2001-2002 epidemic of dengue fever.

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Map showing where dengue has occurred in the Eastern Hemisphere.

Map showing where dengue has occurred in the Eastern Hemisphere.

Credit: Center for Disease Control


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Bare back of a man showing rash seen in people with dengue fever.

The typical rash seen in people with dengue fever.

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map of western hemisphere showing countries with dengue fever cases

Dengue is also on-the-march across the Western Hemisphere.

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Worker men in the southern U.S. in the 1920s dig a drainage ditch to control mosquitoes.

Workers in the southern U.S. in the 1920s dig a drainage ditch to control mosquitoes.

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