Dengue Outbreak Hits New York and New Jersey, Nearly 200 Cases Confirmed: CDC

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This year, about 200 people in New York and New Jersey have contracted dengue fever, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). New York alone has seen 143 cases, whereas New Jersey has reported 41 cases.

Dengue fever usually occurs in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide, the CDC notes. Across the United States, the number of dengue infections has reached approximately 2,500 this year, which is five times more than the number recorded by this time last year. Notably, over 1,700 of these cases are in Puerto Rico, which declared a public health emergency in March due to the outbreak.

In response to the significant rise in infections, the CDC issued a health alert last month, cautioning healthcare providers about the elevated risk of dengue this year. This year’s global dengue cases have hit record highs, according to CDC data.

Dengue fever is spread through the bites of infected mosquitoes. Symptoms, which typically include fever, aches, nausea, vomiting, and rash, generally start within two weeks of a mosquito bite and can last from 2 to 7 days. Most individuals recover within a week.

The CDC advises that the most effective way to prevent dengue is by avoiding mosquito bites. A map showing the distribution of dengue cases in the U.S. is available for further reference.

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