Mosquito borne illness in the state of Florida continues deep into October as additional dengue fever, West Nile virus and St. Louis encephalitis (SLE) were reported during the week ending Oct. 25.
Miami-Dade County reported their 6th locally acquired dengue fever case last week, accounting for all local transmission of the mosquito borne virus in the Sunshine State.
Two new cases of West Nile virus (WNV) were reported one each in Marion and Volusia Counties. This brings the total case count of human WNV in Florida to 13 cases.
The breakdown by county is as follows: one in Alachua (August), three in Escambia (July, August, September), one in Duval (August), one in Leon (August), one in Marion (October), one in Pasco (August), one in Polk (September) and four in Volusia (August, September) Counties.
Two cases of human SLE were reported in Duval County. These are the first human cases of the virus reported in Florida since 2003.
In addition to the mosquito borne infections acquired here in the state of Florida, a number of travel associated cases of chikungunya and dengue fever were reported during the past week.
Twenty-one cases of chikungunya fever and two cases of dengue fever were reported this week in persons that had international travel. In 2014, 313 travel-associated chikungunya and 68 dengue fever cases have been reported.
In 2014, a total of 11 cases of locally acquired chikungunya fever have been reported.