Dengue infection is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a flavivirus, and is recognized in over 100 countries with 2.5 billion people living in areas of risk. Neurological manifestations such as encephalitis, myelitis, Guillain-Barré syndrome, cranial nerve palsies, neuromyelitis optica, and encephalomyelitis have been recognized as clinical consequences of dengue infection. Meningitis is a rare complication. We report the case of a 24-year-old woman who presented with fever, headache, and nuchal rigidity without the typical symptoms of dengue infection. Cerebrospinal fluid analysis showed lymphocytic pleocytosis with a normal glucose value and negative bacterial and fungal cultures. The etiology of meningitis was confirmed by positive dengue PCR in the serum. This case report highlights dengue infection as a potential cause of meningitis in endemic areas. Also, meningitis can be the first manifestation of the infection. Dengue should be investigated even in the absence of a typical picture of the infection.
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