DORAL, FL – A dengue warning has been issued in Florida as cases locally and further away continue to spread.
According to a report from Florida Health Department, four cases were reported in Miami-Dade County and for the first time in Broward County during the week that ended on August 5th.
The report also informed that this year a total of 10 cases have been identified within the state. The first ones were reported in January and March before returning this summer.
It seems, judging by data, that the evolution of the mosquito-borne illness in Florida has been worsening over the years with more than 33,000 locally acquired cases of dengue in the U.S between 2010 and 2022, CDC data shows. Since 2014, there have been fewer than 1,000 cases per year, but 2022 was the first time in nearly a decade that cases reached four digits.
“Dengue is spread by the bite of an Infected mosquito and is not normally present in Florida. However, infected travelers can bring the virus back to Florida mosquitoes,” Florida Health Broward County wrote in a statement.
The dengue warning is issued along with prevention tips to avoid continue increasing cases across the state as summer is still not over, and people gather outside frequently.
To prevent getting bitten, Florida Health recommends draining, emptying and cleaning places that collect water. Also, it’s very important to cover up and wear insect repellent while outside.
If by any chance, you end up acquiring the disease, know there is no treatment other than managing symptoms by resting, drinking plenty of fluids and taking acetaminophen. The CDC advises the public not to take aspirin or ibuprofen, because it can trigger gastritis or bleeding.
Symptoms, usually mild, last two to seven days for about one in four people. These include fever; rash; nausea; vomiting; muscle, joint and bone pain.
Nevertheless, about one in 20 will develop severe dengue, which can lead to shock, internal bleeding and even death, although deaths are rare, the CDC said.
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