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Published on : Jun 16, 2014

Around 24 people from Florida who recently traveled to the South America or the Caribbean have acquired the dengue virus.

Dengue fever is a tropical, contagious disease which is caused by the dengue virus. The signs and symptoms of this condition include fever, muscle pain, joint pain, headache, and a skin rash which resembles measles.

In few cases this condition becomes life-threatening if there is dengue hemorrhagic fever. This can result in low levels of blood platelets, blood plasma leakage, bleeding, or into dengue shock syndrome when the blood pressure levels are seriously low. Dengue spreads by several mosquito species and the virus infects around 390 million people in a year. This makes it one of the conditions which results in the death of large number of school children in the affected countries.

Recently, it was announced by the Florida Department of Health that twenty-four cases of dengue fever were reported. These are often labeled as ‘traveler’s’ or ‘imported’ cases of the virus dengue. It is said that most of the cases that appear in the southern border zones are imported.

Even though, the mosquito species responsible for transmitting dengue are abundant throughout the Southeast U.S., very few cases are linked to the native species.

In the past few weeks, the public health officials in Florida have become very concerned about the number of dengue fever cases which could be enough for the local mosquito population to acquire infection by biting the affected people. This would lead to local transmission of the condition in the U.S. and 24 cases which might not be big in number, but are enough to raise concern.