|MANGA DEBUT||Chapter 16|
Dengue Virus (DENV) is the cause of dengue fever. It is a mosquito-borne single positive-stranded RNA virus of the family Flaviviridae; genus Flavivirus. It binds to Langerhans cells, which it uses as host cells for viral replication.
- A virion of dengue is depicted as a mask of a Tengu, a spirit or yōkai from Japanese folklore. This is a visual pun on the phonetic similarity between the words "Tengu" and "dengue" (デング dengu?) in Japanese.
- Cells infected by the virus are even granted the gust-blowing abilities of a Tengu's aralia leaf.
- The way the mask latches onto its target's face may be a reference to the Stone Mask from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
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