United States: Dengue fever has been emerging as a threat for the residents and citizens of the United States. Recently, the local health authorities have outlined that two people have been infected with dengue fever in the Florida Keys.

The preliminary information has revealed that the virus has been transmitted to two, after being bit by infected mosquitoes. These recent cases have prompted the health officials to issue a health alert.

It is to be noted that the alert has been announced just a few days after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health advisory highlighted the surge in the total number of cases of dengue infection, across the nation and globe.

Dengue Fever and Its Roots!

Along with the information regarding the surge in the dengue cases, the Florida Department of Health in Monroe County stated that dengue fever could result in symptoms similar to flu, including “severe muscle aches and joint pain, fever, and even rashes,” according to the reports by Miami Herald.

The details regarding the recent two cases were shared by the health department through an alert that highlighted mosquito-borne illnesses. The health authorities explained that the cases were locally acquired and were not linked with any kind of national or international travel.

According to the state data, locally acquired dengue cases have also been reported in counties like Miami-Dade, Pasco, and Hillsborough.

The experts have highlighted that just a few number of cases linked to dengue infection are contagious. They further highlighted that the infection can spread from one human to the other via bite from infected mosquitoes.

Health authorities are working jointly to combat the recent upsurge!

The health authorities of Monroe has recently claimed that they have been working together with the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District to offer protection to the residents of the island. The authorities will be working to trap and monitor the mosquitoes activities along with increasing the door-to-door mosquito inspections. In addition this, the authorities have asked to follow proper precautions.

Dengue Infection at High Risk in US: CDC

Recently, CDC has issued a health warning for the healthcare professionals across the United States about the increasing risk associated with dengue infection during 2024. It is to be noted that the recent two cases in Florida Keys have been reported after the warning was released by the health agency.

It has been reported that this year the world has reported high number of cases linked to dengue infection, especially the Latin American countries. The region has reported more that 9.7 million cases linked to dengue in 2024 – the number of cases in the mid of the year are twice as many as cases were reported in 2023.

According to Yale Climate Connections, hot temperatures, stronger storms, and more unpredictable rain are causing more outbreaks of mosquito-borne illnesses worldwide. Warmer winters, hotter summers, and milder springs and falls are allowing the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads dengue, to live in new areas and higher elevations where it couldn’t survive before.

In the US, dengue cases have been higher than expected this year, with 2,241 cases reported from January to June 24, says the CDC. More than half of these cases were in Puerto Rico, which declared a public health emergency in March due to a rise in dengue infections during its usually low dengue season. Dr. Carlos Mellado López, the Puerto Rico Department of Health secretary, said dengue cases have surpassed historical records.

Around 200 cases have been reported by Florida Health Department, this year. Maximum of the cases were linked to international travelling, as per the state data. In the Florida Keys, at least ten locally acquired dengue cases were identified, with six in Miami-Dade County, which has been under a mosquito-borne illness alert since last year.

Most people infected with dengue don’t show symptoms, and many recover within a week, according to the Mayo Clinic. However, some people can get very sick and even die. Severe cases can cause intense stomach pain, ongoing vomiting, trouble breathing, internal bleeding, and organ failure.

The CDC has issued multiple travel health notices about mosquito-borne diseases like dengue and yellow fever, and oropouche for countries including Colombia, Cuba, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Nigeria, and Argentina. The CDC is also expanding lab capacity for better dengue testing and advising doctors to consider dengue in patients with fever who recently traveled to areas with ongoing dengue cases.

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