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Increased risk of dengue virus infection in the US: CDC
Increased risk of dengue virus infection in the US: CDC

New York has reported 143 cases and New Jersey 41.

In the states of New York and New Jersey, nearly 200 people have been infected with dengue fever so far this year, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New York has reported 143 cases and New Jersey 41.

According to the CDC, dengue fever is transmitted primarily in tropical and subtropical regions of the world.

In the US, over 2,500 people have been infected so far this year, about five times more than at the same time last year. Puerto Rico currently accounts for the majority of these cases – with over 1,700 reported cases. The US territory declared a public health emergency back in March.

The CDC issued a health alert last month warning health care providers of an increased risk of dengue virus infection this year. According to the CDC, new dengue infections worldwide are at an all-time high.

Dengue viruses are transmitted through mosquito bites. The most common symptom is fever with pain, nausea, vomiting and rash. Symptoms usually begin within two weeks of being bitten by an infected mosquito and last for 2-7 days. Most people recover in about a week.

According to the CDC, the best way to prevent dengue fever is to avoid mosquito bites.

Map of dengue cases in the USA:

By Seren