Miami-Dade County reports 45th local dengue transmission


by NewsDesk Lord, save her

The Florida Department of Health reported an additional case of locally acquired dengue last week in Miami-Dade County, bringing the county’s total cases to 45 this year.

Miami-Dade county map
Image/David Ben Bennick

Statewide, a total of 49 purebred cases have been reported as of December 3. In addition to the cases in Miami-Dade County, cases have also been reported in Collier, Broward (2), and Volusia counties.

Forty-five of the cases were genotyped by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The reported serotypes were DENV-3 (42), DENV-4 (2), and DENV-2.

In addition to the local cases, Florida has reported 732 travel-related cases of dengue so far. The counties reporting cases were: Brevard (2), Broward (44), Collier (9), Duvall (7), Escambia (2), Flagler, Hendry (3), Hernando (2), Hillsboro (69), Indian River, Lee (27), Leon, Manati (2), Martin (2), Miami-Dade (490), Monroe (4), Orange (9), Osceola (2), Palm Beach (22), Pasco (3) ), Pinellas (7), Polk (8), Santa Rosa, Sarasota (4), St. John’s, St. Lucie (6), Swaney, and Volusia (2). Nine cases have been reported in non-Florida residents.

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

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

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

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