I feel unwell - what do i do?

Symptoms of dengue usually begin within 2 weeks of being bitten by an infected mosquito.1 

If you develop a fever or have symptoms of dengue while you’re abroad, see a local doctor or seek prompt medical care. If you’ve already returned home by the time you feel ill, see your own doctor.

mild dengue

Mild dengue

  • Most people infected have mild or no symptoms.2
  • Mild symptoms of dengue may be confused with other illnesses that cause fever, such as COVID-19 and flu.2
  • Most people will recover from mild dengue after about one week.2
  • If you have a fever, a common recommendation is to take paracetamol (acetaminophen) to reduce fever and manage body aches.1
  • Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen; they thin the blood and may increase the risk of bleeding.1
  • Rest and drink plenty of fluids.1
  • Contact your doctor.1

severe dengue


Severe dengue3 

An uncommon but potentially fatal complication, known as severe dengue, can develop 3-7 days after the illness first started. 

Warning signs of severe dengue include:

  • Severe stomach pain 
  • Persistent vomiting  
  • Bleeding from gums 
  • Feeling tired 
  • Rapid breathing 
  • Restlessness 
  • Blood in vomit or stool 

Contracting severe dengue should be considered a medical emergency. If you develop any of these warning signs, go to a hospital immediately.