What is Dengue fever?

Dengue, dengue infection, dengue fever or dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) is a viral infection caused by the dengue virus with four dengue virus serotypes (DEN 1, DEN 2, DEN 3, DEN 4) transmitted by the bite of a female Aedes sp. mosquito.

What are the symptoms of Dengue infection?

Symptoms include fever, rashes, headache, pain behind the eyes, weakness, nausea and vomiting, and muscle pain.

Symptoms usually appear 5 to 7 days after the bite of an infected mosquito DHF (Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever) is the more severe form of dengue infection marked with bleeding, that can lead to shock and death especially serious among children.

How is dengue diagnosed?

Dengue diagnosis is based on the clinical symptoms of the patient and consistent laboratory findings of complete blood count (CBC).  This diagnostic test can show decrease in the number of white blood cells and/ or decrease in the platelet count.

Dengue NS1 antigen test and Dengue IgM antibody test can be used as screening tests.

What is the LABit DX Dengue NS1 Ag test

The LABit DX Dengue NS1 Ag test is a chromatographic immunoassay kit that rapidly detects dengue virus NS1 antigen from human blood directly from a pin-prick on the finger tip.

The LABit DX Dengue NS1 Ag test can provide results in 20 minutes or less.

It is best used within 5 days of fever


  • Department of Health. Administrative Order No. 2012-0006. Revised Dengue Clinical Case Management Guidelines 2011. Manila, Philippines.
  • World Health Organization. Dengue Fact Sheet. July 2016. Geneva, Switzerland. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs117/en/