Dengue in Florida: Local transmission now reported in 4 counties


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in tracking Indigenous dengue cases In Florida, state health officials are reporting five additional cases of locally acquired dengue in three counties — Broward, Miami-Dade and Volusia.

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This brings the total locally acquired cases in 2022 to 35-collier (1), Broward (2), Miami-Dade (31), and Volusia (1).

Thirty-one cases were serotyped by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The reported serotypes were DENV-3 (30) and DENV-2 (1).

Additionally, 589 travel-related dengue cases have been reported in Florida. The counties that reported cases were: Brevard (2), Broward (35), Collier (7), Duval (7), Escambia (2), Flagler, Hendry, Hernando (2), Hillsboro (55), Lee (22) ), Leon, Manatee (2), Martin (2), Miami-Dade (393), Monroe (3), Orange (6), Osceola, Palm Beach (19), Pasco, Pinellas (7), Polk (8) , Sarasota (4), St. John’s, St. Lucy (5), and Volusia (2). Six cases have been reported in non-Florida residents.

Six cases met the criteria for severe dengue fever (dengue shock syndrome [DSS] or dengue hemorrhagic fever [DHF]).

Dengue fever is a disease caused by a virus spread by mosquito bites. The disease can take up to two weeks to develop with the disease generally lasting less than a week.

The health effects of dengue include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, muscle and joint pain, and light bleeding.

Dengue fever can become severe within a few hours. Severe dengue fever is a medical emergency that usually requires hospitalization.

In severe cases, health effects can include haemorrhage (uncontrolled bleeding), shock (dangerously low blood pressure), organ failure, and death.

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