(CTN News) – Several counties in Florida are reporting rapid outbreaks of Dengue Virus feverthe rapid spread of the virus. This has triggered concerns among health officials.
under the spotlight, joining Miami-Dade County watch for mosquito-borne diseases.
According to the latest arbovirus surveillance report from the Florida Department of Health covering the period from July 30 to August 5, there were two cases of locally transmitted Dengue Virus in Broward County30 and August 5.
In addition to these new cases, ten local Dengue Virus infections have been reported in the state so far thisof the cases occurring in Miami-Dade County, particularly which was the peak season for dengue infections.
A proactive effort has been made by the department in identifying the viral strains, conducting PCR-based serological testing on the 10 cases that have been reported.
As compared to last year, when Broward County recorded just two locally acquired dengue cases, the current escalation is extremely concerning comparedyear.
The fact that nearly 200 dengue cases have been reported among individuals with a recent history of traveling to dengue-endemic regions is also worth mentioning.
As a result of this, weconclude that travellers played a critical role in introducing the virus to its transmission to mosquitoes in the local area.
There is no doubt that the scope of the outbreak extends non-Floridians.evidenced by the fact that there have been ten reported cases involving
As a matter of fact, a single case of severe Dengue Virus that meets the criteria for severe dengue serves as a powerful reminder of the potentially dire consequencesinfection.
There are certain populations that are particularly prone to contracting Dengue Virus, such as individuals who have previously been infected with the virus, pregnant women, infants, the elderly, and individuals with underlying medical conditions; nevertheless, the virus’ impact is not confined to these groups.
In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are closely monitoring theCDC has reported that there have been 225 dengue cases in multiple states across the country this year alone. As of 2010, dengue virus disease has a condition that needs to be reported authorities on a national level.
To address the growing threat of Dengue in Florida, heightened vigilance, effective awareness campaigns, and a robust mosquito control program are some of the most crucialreduce its impact on public health.