Dengue fever, an Aedes mosquito-brone viral disease, is widespread in Singapore, but its more lethal forms, dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS), referred to as severe dengue, are much less common.

Severe dengue can occur in both adults and children and is life threatening. Children are especially at risk. Early detection and proper medical care lower fatality rates below 1 per cent, according to the World Health organization (WHO). 

Severe dengue initially presents with the common symptoms of dengue fever such as fever, intense headache, aches and pains, loss of appetite, nausea, vomitting, skin rashes and leukopenia (reduction in white blood cells). A positive tourniquet test is also a sign of dengue fever. 

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