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Puerto Rico is America's Dengue Hot-Spot

May 19, 2023 • 11:01 am CDT
U.S. CDC Dengue Report May 19, 2023
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Dengue is one of the most common vectorborne flaviviral infections globally, with frequent outbreaks in the tropical regions of the United States, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC confirmed on May 19, 2023, U.S. territories experienced a high prevalence of dengue during 2010–2020, a total of 30,903 dengue cases were reported from four U.S. territories.

Puerto Rico reported the highest number of dengue cases (29,862).

And in Puerto Rico and USVI, approximately 2% of reported cases were categorized as severe dengue.

The Florida Health Department reported on May 13, 2023, there had been 68 travel-associated dengue cases and two locally acquired dengue cases confirmed as of week #17 in 2023. And Miami-Dade County remains under a mosquito-borne illness alert.

Floria reported 903 travel-associated and 68 locally-acquired dengue cases, the most noted in the U.S. in 2022.

Dengue is a vaccine-preventable disease, with two vaccines in use globally.

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