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Up to 16 cases reported on Long Island
Up to 16 cases reported on Long Island

Officials warn of dengue cases reaching an all-time high, transmitted through the bites of infected mosquitoes.

A total of 142 cases have been reported in New York – 12 of them from Suffolk and up to four from Nassau.

The most common symptoms include fever, nausea and rash, but some people also experience severe dengue fever, which can lead to shock, internal bleeding and, in rare cases, death.

There is no specific medication to treat it, most people recover after a week.

The Suffolk County Health Department issued a statement saying, “Dengue is a disease caused by the dengue virus, which is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito of the species Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus. Dengue is a risk in parts of Central and South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Travelers can protect themselves from mosquito bites by wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, staying in places with air conditioning and screens on windows and doors, and considering using insect repellent. Suffolk County has issued travel warnings on social media.

All dengue cases reported in Suffolk County so far in 2024 have been transmitted through travel. Residents are urged to take precautions against mosquito bites to avoid dengue.”

By Isla