By NewsDesk @bactiman63
The Florida Department of Health reported one additional autochthonous dengue fever case in Miami-Dade County the week ending October 1.
This brings the state total of dengue local transmission to 23 (22 cases in Miami-Dade County and one in Collier County).
Twenty of the cases have been serotyped by PCR and were all DENV3.
Health officials have also reported 474 travel associated dengue cases. These are cases with onset in 2022 and have been reported in individuals with travel history to a dengue endemic area in the two weeks prior to onset.
Counties reporting cases were: Brevard (2), Broward (31), Collier (3), Duval (7), Escambia (2), Hendry,
Hernando (2), Hillsborough (44), Lee (20), Leon, Manatee (2), Martin (2), Miami-Dade (306), Monroe (3), Orange (6), Osceola, Palm Beach (15), Pasco, Pinellas (7), Polk (8), Sarasota (4), St. Johns, and St. Lucie (5). Six cases were reported in non-Florida residents.
Five cases met the criteria for severe dengue (dengue shock syndrome [DSS] or dengue hemorrhagic fever [DHF]).
91 percent of the travel associated dengue cases are reported as having a country of exposure of Cuba (431).
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.
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