Scary Virus Spreading Through The South

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( – This month Florida health officials have had to also put a mosquito-borne illness alert on Broward County after two cases of dengue were reported between July 30 and August 5 according to an arbovirus surveillance report issued by the Department.

This is the second county to be under alert, joining Miami-Dade County where the illness has spread more. In total, there have been 10 local cases of dengue in 2023, most of which were reported in Miami-Dade County. The majority of the 10 cases appeared in July.

So far this year there were close to 200 cases reported by individuals who either lived or had traveled to Florida. The department added that there were also 10 non-Florida residents who had also contracted dengue and that there was one case in particular that had shown severe dengue.

Dengue is spread through mosquito bites and is normally present in the Sunshine State.

Those facing a greater risk for dengue are people who had previously contracted the infection, pregnant women, the elderly, babies, and those with comorbidities. However, it is possible for severe dengue to appear even in cases where none of these risk factors are present.

Across the U.S. there had been 225 reported dengue cases in 2023 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The condition first became nationally notifiable in 2010.

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