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In a follow-up on the autochthonous dengue fever cases in Florida,  state health officials reported five additional locally acquired dengue cases in three counties–Broward, Miami-Dade, and Volusia.

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This brings the total locally acquired cases in 2022 to 35–Collier (1), Broward (2), Miami-Dade (31), and Volusia (1).

Thirty-one of the cases have been serotyped by PCR. Serotypes reported were DENV-3 (30) and DENV-2 (1).

In addition to date, 589 travel associated dengue cases have been reported in Florida. Counties reporting cases were: Brevard (2), Broward (35), Collier (7), Duval (7), Escambia (2), Flagler, Hendry, Hernando (2), Hillsborough (55), Lee (22), Leon, Manatee (2), Martin (2), Miami-Dade (393), Monroe (3), Orange (6), Osceola, Palm Beach (19), Pasco, Pinellas (7), Polk (8), Sarasota (4), St. Johns, St. Lucie (5), and Volusia (2). Six cases were reported in non-Florida residents.

Six cases met the criteria for severe dengue (dengue shock syndrome [DSS] or dengue hemorrhagic fever [DHF]).

Dengue is a disease caused by a virus spread through mosquito bites. The disease can take up to 2 weeks to develop with illness generally lasting less than a week.

Health effects from dengue include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, muscle and joint pain, and minor bleeding.

Dengue can become severe within a few hours. Severe dengue is a medical emergency, usually requiring hospitalization.

In severe cases, health effects can include hemorrhage (uncontrolled bleeding), shock (seriously low blood pressure), organ failure, and death.

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