Dengue Fever: Close to home? | Health BlogPosted: September 5, 2012
Recently, there is a lot of buzz in the news and on-line about Dengue Fever. I had to really dig in my heels and sort through the published literature on this latest in “medical gossip”.Normally found in more tropical climates such as the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Mexico, a few cases in recent years have been found in southern Florida according to the Center for Disease Control CDC. There is increasing concern that areas on the border such as Juarez, which have experienced an upsurge of Dengue Fever, could put the South Texas region on alert.According to the most recent CDC map, recent cases in Texas seem to be travelers arriving from places outside the U.S. The concern however, is that increased international commerce from areas with infected mosquitoes and warmer environmental climates could be allowing more mosquitoes to survive thru the winter months. Remember: it was an unseasonably warm winter this past year.