3rd Local Dengue Case Confirmed in South Florida
The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County (DOH-Miami-Dade) recently confirmed it remains under a mosquito-borne illness advisory following the identification of a third local case of dengue infection in 2022.
Dengue is a virus spread through mosquito bites.
Most people infected with dengue have mild or no symptoms, and people typically recover after about one week.
However, Severe dengue can occur, resulting in shock, internal bleeding, and mortality.
If you or a family member develop the mentioned symptoms, visit your health care provider or local clinic, stated the DOH-Miami-Dade on August 8, 2022.
According to the U.S. CDC's data published on August 4th, 181 travel-related dengue cases were reported in 2022.
And Florida's southern neighbor Puerto Rico had reported 128 locally-acquired dengue cases this year.
The CDC says dengue is endemic in Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico's Department of Health Arboviral Disease Report indicates that 574 confirmed, 261 related hospitalizations, 73 severe cases, and two dengue deaths were reported in 2021.
While the U.S. FDA-approved Dengvaxia vaccine is available, pre-vaccination laboratory confirmation of previous dengue virus infection is required.
More dengue vaccination information is available at certified travel clinics and pharmacies in the USA.
Note: This dengue vaccine information was manually curated for international travelers.