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CDC alerts Dengue Fever Outbreak

The CDC ( Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) issued a health advisory Tuesday to alert authorities, healthcare providers, and the public of the increased risk of dengue fever infection spreading broadly and speeding unexpectedly. Dengue fever virus cases have been steadily increasing and almost doubling the number of cases in 6 months of 2024 compared to the whole year of 2023.

According to the CDC, “Dengue cases resurged globally after the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2023, more than 4.6 million cases and 4000 deaths were reported in the Americas region. As of June 24, 2024, more than 9.7 million dengue cases have been reported in the Americas, twice as many as in all of 2023 (4.6 million cases).

Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. In the rest of the United States, local transmission of DENV has been limited, with sporadic cases or small outbreaks in Florida, Hawaii, and Texas. However, confirmed local DENV transmission has also been reported by Arizona and California over the past two years.

Dengue fever cases are increasing in the summer months and it is related to global temperature increases. During summer months biting rates have been increasing in many countries, especially low to middle-income countries. Last 20 years, the dengue fever virus has been increasing.
Symptoms are mild to fever, nausea, vomiting, headache, or severe. Severe cases of the disease can be life-threatening and require hospitalization.

CDC recommends “prevention methods include staying in places with air conditioning when possible, using insect repellent, and wearing long sleeves and pants to avoid mosquito bites.”

 

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