Essential Clinical Features

  • R. Walter Schlesinger
Part of the Virology Monographs Die Virusforschung in Einzeldarstellungen book series (VIROLOGY, volume 16)


Two distinct clinical entities are associated with dengue virus infections of man. These are (A) “classical” or primary dengue fever, (B) dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) (with or without shock) or secondary dengue. Usage of the terms “primary” and “secondary” denotes that the clinical outcome of an infection may be critically influenced by the patient’s previous experience with dengue virus. A large body of epidemiological evidence, reinforced by laboratory data, does indeed suggest that DHF and the dengue shock syndrome (DSS) are characteristic complications of secondary exposure under specialized conditions affecting mainly children in heavily endemic regions.


Dengue Virus Dengue Fever Dengue Hcmorrhagic Fever Dengue Infection Dengue Shock Syndrome 
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© Springer-Verlag/Wien 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Walter Schlesinger
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  1. 1.Department of Microbiology, College of Medicine and Dentistry of New JerseyRutgers Medical SchoolPiscatawayUSA

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