New Dengue Fever Record High: the Virus Continues to Spread Across Florida

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As the number of people who have been diagnosed with dengue virus continues to rise, health officials in Florida have issued a mosquito-borne sickness warning for Broward County. This year, there have been close to 200 cases recorded in Florida residents who have a history of traveling to a dengue-endemic region in the two weeks prior to developing symptoms of the disease. The government made notice of the fact that 10 of those instances were recorded in people who were not residents of Florida and that one of those cases fulfilled the criteria for severe dengue.

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Dengue is an infectious disease that reaches humans by the bite of an infected mosquito, and it is not generally found in Florida. Nevertheless, infected tourists have the potential to spread the virus to mosquitoes in Florida. Based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been 225 confirmed cases of dengue fever reported throughout the 50 states in the United States so far in 2018.

Ten cases have been serotyped by PCR; in 2022, there were two locally acquired dengue cases, stated the department in Broward County.

Individuals who have had dengue fever in the past, the elderly, pregnant women, newborns, and those with comorbidities are more likely to get the disease. Even in those who don’t have any of these risk factors, severe disease is still a possibility.

Important Information Regarding the Dengue Virus

Dengue is an infectious disease that is brought on by the dengue virus (DENV). It is transferred to humans by the bite of a mosquito that is actually infected with the virus. Dengue may be found all over the world in tropical and subtropical climates, although it is most common in urban and semi-urban regions.

It is estimated that between 100 and 400 million people have dengue fever every year, which puts around half of the global population at risk of contracting the disease. Dengue fever can be prevented and controlled by eliminating vectors of the disease. There is no cure for dengue or severe dengue, but early identification and prompt access to appropriate medical care can significantly reduce the likelihood that a person will pass away from severe dengue.

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