How dengue is diagnosed

If you live in or travel to an area where there is dengue and show signs of the disease, see your doctor immediately. They may ask you to take a dengue test. 

You will need to give a small sample of blood that can be tested in the clinic.

Some tests can give results in as little as 30 minutes, others take longer. 

There are a few different types of test, but they all look for signs of the virus in your blood. Remember that no test is 100% accurate. 

Confirming whether you have dengue will help you get appropriate treatment. If you have any concerns, make sure you speak with your doctor. 

Many countries also keep records of how many people have dengue.

This can help organizations like the World Health Organization to keep track of the disease around the world.

  1. World Health Organization. Dengue and severe dengue. Available at: [Accessed January 2022].