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Dengue: Surge in US Cases This Year

28 Jun 2024 9:34 AM | Deborah Hodges (Administrator)

Federal health officials with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued an alert, warning health professionals and the public about an increased risk for dengue virus infections in the United States. [MedScape]

The global incidence of dengue in 2024 is the highest on record, reported the agency.

In the Americas, more than 9.7 million cases of dengue have been reported in the first 6 months of 2024 — more than double the 4.6 million cases reported in all of 2023.

In the United States, Puerto Rico has declared a public health emergency, with 1498 dengue cases reported so far and a "higher-than-expected" number of dengue cases having been identified among US travelers in the first half of this year at 745 cases, according to the alert.

The CDC reports 197 dengue cases in Florida, 134 in New York, 50 in Massachusetts, 40 in California, 14 in Colorado, nine in Arizona, and eight in the District of Columbia, among others.



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