Dengue Vs. Flu Fever. What is the difference?

Posted on : October 30, 2022 by Clinic One Team on Diseases in Nepal

There is co-circulation of dengue virus and seasonal influenza in tropical regions of Earth and Nepal also lies in this region.

Infections with dengue or influenza virus impose large global health and economic burdens.

This year, Dengue and Influenza virus are circulating together in Nepal.

So, with the aim of providing valuable information about those two endemic diseases, Clinic One presents the following comparison table regarding Dengue Vs Flu Fever:  


ParametersDengueFlu
Causative AgentIt is caused by Dengue VirusIt is caused by Influenza Virus
TransmissionDengue virus is spread to people through the bite of infected Aedes species mosquitoesFlu is spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu sneeze, cough, or talk
Common SymptomsHigh fever, headache, muscle, and joint painFever, runny nose, sore throat, muscle pain, headache, coughing, fatigue
TypesDengue virus is of four serotypes.Influenza virus is also of four types i.e. A, B, C, and D
SpecialtyIt is an infectious disease.It is an infectious disease.
Incubation Period3-14 days after exposure1-4 days after exposure
Diagnostic MethodNucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs)Viral culture, Serology, Rapid antigen testing
Duration2-7 days2-8 days
FrequencyAbout 390 million per year with about half a million requiring hospital admission5-15% of the world’s population gets affected annually but only 3-5 million cases are severe
ComplicationsBleeding, low level of blood platelets, dangerously low blood pressurePneumonia, inflammation of the heart, brain, and multi-organ failure
Preventive measuresDengue Fever vaccine, decreasing mosquito exposureHand washing, Flu vaccines
Treatment/ MedicationSupportive care, intravenous fluids, blood transfusionsAntiviral drugs such as oseltamivir, zanamivir and peramivir  
DeathsAbout 40,000 per yearAbout 2,90,000 -6,50,000 per year
Other namesDengue Fever, breakbone feverFlu, the flu, Grippe

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  1. Sujal Shrestha says:

    Thank For the informative blog post about dangers of food poisoning in the summer. I have learn so much by reading your blog post. Its helps me to what to avoid during summertime. The tips are reassuring for my health I will follow the guideline and share with my family. Keep up the good work.

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