The recent cases of dengue in north India have sent panic waves among people, most of whom are not aware of exactly what this disease is and how to prevent it. Dengue is a viral disease caused by four closely related viruses (DENV 1-4) of the genus Aedes.
A bite from a female Aedes mosquito transmits this disease among people. Dengue is not restricted to rural areas like malaria and is in fact more prevalent in the urban areas. It is wide spread in Asia, Africa, Central and South America and usually occurs during the summer.
Some of the symptoms of this condition include high fever, pain behind the eyes, joint pain, severe headache, muscle and bone pain and rashes.
Unfortunately there is no specific cure for dengue and doctors actually let the disease run its course and prescribe drugs to take care of the symptoms. Paracetamol is the preferred drug to reduce joint pain in this condition.