Dengue Fever Cases Surge Worldwide : Shots – Health Blog : NPR

Europe can expect a dengue outbreak soon, the WHO statement says. In 2010, locally acquired cases were reported in Croatia and France for the first time.

Closer to home, last year Miami logged two cases of dengue fever, both of which were locally acquired.

When it comes to infectious disease, this is bad news. Until now, most cases of dengue in the United States have been in people returning from places like the Caribbean, South America or Asia, where the disease is common.

“It means it’s in our area, not an imported disease,” Vincent Conte, deputy director of epidemiology for the Miami-Dade County Health Department, told the Miami Herald last September.

In 2010, there was a dengue outbreak in the laid-back vacation haven of Key West, the first sizable outbreak of the disease in the U.S. in more than 50 years. Federal health officials said at the time that the Southern U.S. should brace for more. (NPR’s Richard Knox reported on that outbreak.)

via Dengue Fever Cases Surge Worldwide : Shots – Health Blog : NPR.

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